I am a self-taught photographer practicing photography for two decades. I first started shooting casually in 1995 with a Yashica and went digital in 2005. Since then, the camera has been an integral part of my life and all the journeys. The following images are from my travels around India, mostly the Indian Himalayas. I love the high wilderness where I spend most of my time. I click pictures for myself mainly, the way I see things, the way I feel everything around me, the moments and scenes that intrigue me, in my own ways and also by staying within my limitations. Photography was once a hobby, which later turned into passion and then obsession, by the day. I like to contradict myself and thus keep moving back and forth between the high wilderness and the plains. Travel and photography go hand-in-hand in my life as part of a personal journey. I do not believe in any particular genre of photography, as for me, everything falls under one category and that is nature. Nature is my religion, especially the Himalayan mountains. Going up the mountains is my passion and inspiration in the journey of life. In short, I love height more than depth.

The Indian Himalayas series is a tribute to the Indian Army, for whom I have been able to experience the grandeur of the mighty mountains, over the years.

Equipment - A Canon body and a Canon lens.

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.” ~ John Muir.

I am one from the thousands.
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...and the journey continued, when in 2013 I witnessed the aftermath of a natural calamity; the devastating scenes of which will always remain deep rooted in me. Thousands lost lives while thousands were left homeless. The Uttarakhand Flood Disaster. View Gallery

A month after the flash floods, the epicenter of which was the Kedarnath shrine, I was there to frame the devastation. Never before, a calamity of such magnitude, had happened in the Himalayas and never had I seen something so appalling. For nine consecutive days in quite tricky weather conditions, I tried to access the flood affected areas which were really difficult to reach due to plenty of landslides that had stopped vehicles from running and with absolutely no roads in some parts. The destruction was wide spread for miles which wiped off highways and bridges. The water which came down from an altitude of over 4000m washed away everything in it’s course. Trekking was the only option to reach the affected villages. Interacting with the locals, who have lost almost everything in the flood, I could realize that they were still in trauma.

Locations - The NH 109 that started from Rudraprayag and ended at Guptkashi, towards the Kedarnath shrine. Places that I could visit were Augustmuni, Chandrapuri, Syalsaur, part of Bhiri village and Sonprayag (12 kilometers to Kedarnath). Images also include Govindghat and and Pandukeswar on the Badrinath shrine route on NH 58.

....and then i returned to the plains to roam within the state of West Bengal.  Since, all my travels are self funded, i also needed to be in the civilized society from time to time, to earn / arrange money for the next journey. Back in Bengal

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