Sanctuary Asia magazine starts a weeklong photography exhibition, displays works of its natural history and photography head Dr Anish Andheria

A weeklong exhibition on wild life and nature stared at Ravindra Natya Bhavan in  Dadar yesterday. Pegged as a treat to nature enthusiasts' eyes, the exhibition showcases a distinctive collection of around 300 images of nature and wildlife by conservationist and naturalist Dr Anish Andheria.

Freezing life in frames: Two brown bears in a mock battle, one of 
the of exhibits Anish Andheria's show in Dadar, Mumbai 

Andheria, who is the director of the Wildlife Conservation Trust and head of natural history and photography of the Sanctuary Asia magazine, is displaying pictures shot during his trips to different wildlife sanctuaries and nature parks in India, Kenya and Alaska and other parts of the world. 

The event, which is being organised by Sanctuary Asia magazine, is Andheria's first exhibition in India. Clicked using a Nikon F-50, F-90x, D-200, D-300 with an assortment of lenses, Andheria boasts of a collection of around 1 lakh unique images of wildlife and nature, clicked in a period of over three years. 

So what motivates Andheria, who is a doctor by qualification, to take up wildlife photography? "I am not a photographer by profession. I work with the forest department. I just try capturing whatever wild life comes my way and prefer clicking them the way they are," he says. 

Be it a leopard perched atop a tree or a Giant squirrel baring its teeth or hundreds of housebats dangling upside down in a cave or a chameleon changing its color or a tiger basking in the sun, Andheria has shot them all and frozen different aspects of wild life to the make his wooden frames come alive.

Asked about his best shooting experience, Andheria said, "I have had lots of experiences but the best and most thrilling is experience was that when I was busy clicking pictures of wild dogs in Kanha sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh, I was being watched from behind by the preying eyes a tiger from a distance of 400 metres."

Another unique feature of the exhibition is that not a single negative image has been put up on display despite the nature facing attacks from every quarters across the world. "Through this exhibition, we are trying to instigate people and evoke love of nature in them -- and not create fear psychosis," Anish summed up.

1 lakh
The number of wildlife and nature clicked by Dr Anish Andheria in a period of over three years