Mumbaikars love their time in the sun and surf. Weekend getaways invariably have us heading to the beach for some much-needed rest and relaxation. But an artist from the Konkan has taken his love for sand one step further. Inspired by the art that nature creates on the canvas of the sand — be it by the sea or in a desert — Umesh Salgaonkar has been capturing ‘sand-scapes’ on camera for over 20 years. His latest exhibition is on at the Jehangir Art Gallery till October 24.
“The photographs document natural formations that the receding tide creates on the seashore,” says Salgaonkar, who hails from a small village on the Konkan coast but is currently based in Mumbai. His current exhibition is the fourth one to focus on sand and showcases 28 photographs captured on the Konkan beaches. One of his favourite spots is the Tarkarli beach. “The only thing to keep in mind is to head to the beaches that are lesser explored. This ensures that human interference on the landscape is minimal. Once you are there, there isn’t much to do — the natural beauty and sunlight provide a perfect setting for brilliant photographs.”
For those looking to take some of this natural beauty home, Salgaonkar’s pictures from the exhibition are also up for sale. The price ranges from Rs25,000 to Rs30,000 for photographs sized 16x24 and 16x33 respectively.
Sand-scapes is on till October 24 at the Jehangir Art Gallery, Terrace Art Gallery, Kala Ghoda, from 11 am to 7 pm.