I have always been drawn to nature. There is something entirely unpredictable and thrilling about witnessing animals in the wild that has kept me hooked to wildlife photography all these years. Nothing in nature repeats itself, and every corner you turn is a new frame, a new shot. It keeps you alert and makes you hyper-aware of your immediate surroundings, but it also equips you with endless patience -- I have, on occasion, chased a particular species for years on end, just tracing its footsteps or its calls... some times to no avail. There is a certain glamour attached to wildlife photography -- the idea of a life on the road, the equipment, the ruggedness -- that might wear off for many when confronted with reality, but for me the effort that goes into the making of each photograph is my gift back to nature for the joys it has bestowed upon me. If I can, through my visuals, help inspire one more person to rethink their callousness towards nature, I will have done my job.
I typically like to research beforehand species that have not been photographed or photographed well enough and then try to predict their behaviour and follow them to their natural habitat. This trip is a recounting of one such 20-day long chase in the Kullu valley for a bird that had never been photographed before -- the Western Tragopan. This trip came on the back of five previous ones that had not yielded a successful picture, but this one in 2010 turned out to be doubly successful -- I even managed a picture of the rare Himalayan Brown Bear while trekking back by an unconventional route.
There is a story behind each photograph, and I hope it becomes apparent in the tales from this Himalayan sojourn.