Updated: August 19, 2021 2:43:10 pm
Every year, World Photography Day is celebrated on August 19. The word photography is derived from the Greek words phos (light), and graphis (stylus, paintbrush), which together mean ‘drawing with light’.
Photography is considered to be a powerful medium that evokes emotions through visuals. The camera captures not only scenes from history but also scenes that create history.
This World Photography Day, renowned wildlife photographer Maheen Hassan shares 10 photographs and the story behind them. Let’s take a look.
The photographer shared that he saw nearly 40 wild elephants, including calves that were just a few months old after a two-day wait. “They came down to the forest with chirping calls. Arriving in small groups, they descended into a forested river,” he said.
More than 30 bison were spotted in a herd by Hassan, including a calf which was only a few weeks old.
This precious moment was captured from the Kunthankulam Bird Sanctuary in Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu.
This perfectly-timed picture shows a fisherman looking back at huge waves coming to swallow him as he comes ashore after fishing in the thicket. This moment was filmed from the shores of Thiruvananthapuram Veli.
This view was captured under the Valiyathura sea bridge in Thiruvananthapuram.
A stunning self-portrait of the photographer at the Vazhvanthol waterfall inside the Thiruvananthapuram Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary, which he captured after setting his camera on a tripod and putting it on a 10-second self-timer “at great risk as his back was turned to a deep gorge”.
A tribal man is seen walking against the backdrop of Agasthyarkoodam hills. This picture was taken from the forest floor of the Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary.
The photographer focused his camera quite close to the burning coal to get this shot.
The picture was shot in the rain-fed area of a dam inside the Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala.
Hassan captured this shot from the Ponmudi forest region in Thiruvananthapuram.
Maheen Hassan is a wildlife photographer based in Thiruvananthapuram.
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