You have been photographing for so many years now, we tell Deb Lahiri — former Deputy Vice President of Reliance Life Insurance Company, who’s currently self-employed — yet your captures show the mastery of a full-time photographer, how do you manage? He answers: job and passion are two different things.
“By profession, Insurance may be my employment, but by heart, I am a visual artist.”
He doesn’t believe he is a landscape photographer, perhaps too humble to do so, but his work is there to balance his humbleness. We The World Magazine got a chance to feature some of Lahiri’s breathtaking pictures showing the allure, the magnificence, and grandeur of India; that it is a world in itself. National Geographic and Epson have featured his works, among others.
Top 10 images captured by Kolkata photographer that shows India is a world in itself
There is nothing to establish what India has to offer in terms of tourism. The land of the Ganges and the Indus attracts millions in its purview, employing hundreds of thousands, generating billions of rupees annually. As of 2019, travel and tourism contributed to 10.4% of the nation’s total GDP, according to World Travel and Tourism Council data.
While data can show only so much, here’s taking you to a magnificent tour of India, through the lense of Deb Lahiri.
“Too Miniscule” at the Brink of Nature
Describing the image featuring a group of camels and their herders, Deb says the contrasting vastness of Nature with that of the tiny living beings on her lap, drove him to get this shot. Image take at Nubra Valley, Ladakh, India.
He says barren and unending landscape, devoid of any life-giving source, doesn’t excite him much when it comes to clicking Nature. It is the presence of a specific element, which could be a bird, a tinge of moving cloud, and so on, that he thinks makes an original image worthwhile.
The flight of freedom
A group of brown-headed gulls flying away from a lake. Image shot at Ladakh valley, 2010-2011.
Describing the image, the photographer tells We The World Magazine how incredibly rare it is to get a shot of a group of migratory birds like this. The brown-headed gulls, as seen in the picture that comes to winter in the Central Asian mountains.
Earth’s effort to convey her pain?
Reminiscing about this shot taken at Bhandhara, Maharashtra, Deb Lahiri tells us such a subject is not very popular among hardcore landscape photographers. A little district in Maharashtra, Bhandhara, has some beautiful terrain, which is not-so-popular. But then again, when did beauty say it is in common?
At the Break of Dawn
The image was taken in a rural Indian district in West Bengal, called Purulia.
Nature is alone, yet complete
Image shot at Havlok Islands, Andaman and Nicobar Islands. You can see his distance style of landscape photography. The woman adds an unmissable character to it.
The Yamuna at Dusk
In our conversation with Deb Lahiri about the scope of landscape photography, he says being able to capture a moment that breaks at the nexus of past and present is a privilege for him.
An image should be captured in a fraction of a moment where a particular scene is happening; neither a moment before nor a moment after; exactly just at that point in time – he explains in a phone call.
The Distant Showers
The capture of an advancing storm taken at Diamond Harbour, Kolkata, West Bengal. Two fishermen hurry back into the shelter, as a storm bakes in the backdrop, ready for landfall. Notice the showers at the top right corner of the image.
A Glimpse of Freshness
The image was taken shortly after sunrise. View from Yuksom Tashigang Resort, Youngtey, West Sikkim.
Sikkim is a north-eastern state of India, known for its picturesque mountainous landscape. Some of India’s highest landscapes are in the jurisdiction of this state. It is one of the most popular hill-stations in India.
The City of Joy
Kolkata, the hometown of Deb Lahiri is fondly called the City of Joy, after Dominique Lapierre’s Novel of the same name. The image taken shows a local girl looking at the camera as the image was taken on the banks of river Hoogly (a local name for the Ganges) that passes through Kolkata.
The English East India Company built the bridge in 1943. At that time, it was one of the first of its kind in the world. To date, the nearly 100 years-old Cantilever bridge ferries 100,000 vehicles and almost 150,000 pedestrians to and from the two cities – Kolkata and Howrah. It is by far the busiest bridge of its type in the world.
Deb Lahiri takes us into the exotic land of mustard flowers, swaying to the rhythm of the wind. The distant mountain range is Sahyadri Mountain Range or the Western Ghats, Bhandara, Maharashtra. The photograph was taken during the rainy season.
Here’s ending the series with Frost’s lines that we could not hold the urge to use with the above capture:
“The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.”
-Robert Frost/ “Stopping By The Woods on a Snowy Evening”
We know the feature is too useful to end up so soon. We never get tired of looking at Nature. It is constant yet everchanging. Maybe the art of photography lies in capturing the subtlety between these two contrasts. Stay tuned in our Photography category for more such features, interviews, and more.
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