Wild is love and photography is all about passion above risk, says the Lionman, Tapan Sheth
New Delhi : Photography is best personification of the dynamic world, each captured glimpse defines a moment or has a story to narrate. This World Photography Day, it is worth knowing those who have accomplished this persona.
Defying the fallacy that success is only for those who follow what others have done, the renowned Wildlife photographer Tapan Sheth has, with his marvelous photography, become an inspiration for others. Highly acclaimed as the Lionman, Tapan has been intuitively capturing all the emotions of the wild. Amazingly one of his pictures became the first-ever Indian click of an Asiatic lion to have been featured internationally in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.
Tapan hails from Gujarat and currently runs Sakshi InfowayPvt. Ltd, a software and web designing company based in Rajkot. However his passionate love for wildlife photographycompelled him to move beyond IT and till now he has captured one of the most astonishing pictures of Asiatic Lions in Gir National Park. All his hard work fetched him first prize as Nature's Best Photography Asia 2016, Wildlife Reserves Singapore Group, Through The Lens 2017. He is also the winner of Nature in Focus Film Awards 2019, Mobile Moments
Speaking about his the clicks he often says, “each click demands proper study, patience and above all enthusiasm. Anything lacking results in monotony. There should be a narrative linked to each click.” His recent picture of an Asiatic lioness with her cubs, validates his saying. Majority of the photographs of lioness show that they carry their cubs in their mouths by clenching them onto their necks. But Tapan was able to capture a lioness where she was unusually carrying a club with one of it’s legs.
His work has been published companies and media houses including BBC, Apple, National Geographic and Natgeo. His focus has been on capturing the most rarest moments of wildlife and he has been consistently engaged in promoting the conservation of the nature.
As a Lionman, he is validating his life with his work and by pursuing his passion and as a professional man he endeavours to strike the right balance in his life.
On this World Photography Day, Tapan has a message to deliver to all the budding photographers. He says, “Wildlife photography is accomplished art only if it is nourished with passion which should grow above the risks associated with the wild".