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It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. But when you are surrounded by landscape, wildlife and culture more magnificent than anything you ever imagined, the snapshot itself can be priceless.

art and culture Updated: Jul 02, 2011 14:48 IST
Sneha Mahale

It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. But when you are surrounded by landscape, wildlife and culture more magnificent than anything you ever imagined, the snapshot itself can be priceless. Starting today, two travel enthusiasts, Gaurav Athalye and Kaustubh Upadhye, are presenting a photo exhibition in the city, which offers glimpses of these offbeat destinations.

Titled Missing Compass, the exhibition is themed around travel and looks to document special moments in the fields of wildlife, culture, landscape and people.

“In our travels to offbeat destinations, we have been lucky enough to witness some very special moments we want to share them,” says Gaurav Athalye, one of the photographers showcasing his works. He and Upadhye run the city-based travel company Jungle Lore that focuses on experiential trips to unusual places. The pictures on display at the exhibition were clicked during the many trips made to these destinations.

For the duo, picking photos to display at the exhibition was a tough task. But they finally chose what they felt was their best work. Some of the rare shots on display include a tiger being stabbed by a porcupine, an eagle killing a monitor lizard and a collage of a tigress killing a sambar deer. “We call the collage ‘A tale of two days’. We have continuous shots of a tigress stalking a sambar deer, sticking to a gypsy, jumping in the air and finally eating the deer. The next day, we have pictures of the same tigress fighting a crocodile for another deer,” says Athalye.

That apart, the duo has also managed to capture images in the Zanskar Valley in Ladakh, something that few others have managed. “We never travel with any agenda. Whatever we have encountered is God’s gift.”

The photo exhibition, Missing Compass, will be on till July 10 at the PL Deshpande Art gallery, Prabhadevi.