Dr SPS Grewal has many colours to his personality — he’s an eye surgeon, a hospital manager, an academician and a writer. Yet, there is a lot more to him than meets the eye — Dr Grewal is a skilled software developer, a compassionate philanthropist and now, a budding photographer.
The amalgamation of his work of photography is currently on display at Punjab Kala Bhawan, Sector 16. Named Footprints, his first exhibition displays 40 photographs covering various themes such as wildlife, human interest, nature, architecture and his travel adventures to South Africa, the Maldives, Srinagar and more.
Talking about the exhibition, he says, “I’ve put together a few wondrous moments seized from time to time,” and adds, “Footprints represent a few momentous stills — the footprints of life and nature on the sand of time, seen through the lens of my camera.”
The pictures are up for grabs and the funds collected from these would be donated to Roshni Charitable Trust, which provides free eye care to the underprivileged, informs the doctor.
Coming back to his photo exhibition, he adds, “The collection is based on my travels in the past three to four years. There are more than 8,000 pictures from my adventures in different cities and countries, from which I have chosen the best for the exhibit.”
Talking about his changing roles as a doctor and a photographer, Grewal says the thought of putting up an exhibition never struck him until his patients appreciated his work, which was previously showcased at his clinic.
Photography acts as a stress buster for the doctor, as he says, “Art and science have always been perceived as two separate things, but, as a surgeon, I believe that only with the amalgamation of both can we get the best outcome.”
Sharing his childhood memories, Grewal adds, “Photography has been my childhood love. Since the ’70s, seeing a picture slowly appear on white exposed paper, as it is immersed in its developer in the dim red light of the dark room, has always enchanted me. From capturing the depth of the moment to finally seeing a print out of a photograph, art and science go hand-in-hand.”
The exhibition is on from September 26 to 29.