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Lens art, for nature’s sake

Life and nature at their vivid best dominated the national photography exhibition at State Art Gallery from August 8 to 13.

More than 100 photographs by 30 artists were on display at the six-day Padmashree Dr Robin Banerjee Memorial National Photography Exhibition, held on the Rabindra Bhawan premises.

A majority of the photographs depicted birds in various postures. Ramkrishna Saha’s photograph of a pair of capped kingfishers in a midshot frame enthralled the onlookers with its excellent play of colour and light.

The pair of birds is captured sitting on the branch of a tree, looking outwards.

The photographer captures the exotic hues of the birds’ blue wings, yellow necks, red feet, brown heads and bright beaks.

Four shots capture rare moments of animals cavorting with their mates.

Of these, a photograph by A. Santhil Kumar captures the mating dance of a pair of snakes. A pair of cobras is portrayed dancing in ecstasy against a bright green background.Salunke Harinarayan’s still, titled Masai Lions Mating, shows rare expertise in capturing a pair of lions.

The gigantic forms of the lions feature two contrasting expressions — ferociousness and pleasure.

In contrast, Ritu Raj Konwar’s photograph Green Pigeon depicts peace, with a flock of pigeons in varied hues strutting around.

Konwar’s composition lends a sort of enchantment to the entire ambience.

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