My house has been always filled with books that my dad collected. I used to read Jim Corbett, Kenneth Anderson's stories, Adbhuta jagathu(wonderful world) by Dr. Shivarama Karanth which is a book in Kannada about the life on the planet during my school days. The mystery of the jungles and the creatures portrayed in these books have always captivated me and made me want to travel and visit thick forests.
The interest in photography developed over the years. In school I used my father's Click IV and later, a friend in college bought a Nikon Coolpix. I used to grab every opportunity to take a few shots using his camera. The real travel started when I began working. I bought my first Digital-SLR, a Canon 350D and travelled to the forest as often as possible. During these times I also did a solo backpacking trip to Assam and Arunachal and a solo bike trip to Ladakh, Khardungla and Srinagar
It almost became an addiction, In 2006 I worked part-time as a naturalist in one of the jungle lodges run by the karnataka govt. and starting learning more about natural history. I started traveling to the jungles more often and with a lot of naturalist and photographer friends around, my interest in the Natural world grew by the day and I quit my full-time job as a code geek.
Having travelled extensively throughout India, I love documenting the country's bio-diversity and helping conserve through images. Hailing from a technology background and I try to make use of new media to help spread the message of conservation.
I work with the forest dept, researchers and other conservation/education based organizations. I have also freelanced with many media organizations and publications. Recently I worked on "Secrets of the King Cobra" - a National Geographic Documentary.
I believe education and sensitizing people to the surroundings is the best way to conserve.
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