Bangalore may have emerged as a concrete jungle with its fast-paced development, but its pockets still boast colourful butterflies and insects, a treat for photographers.
In his spare time, BSNL employee A.G. Gangadhar shoots butterflies and insects around GKVK, Lalbagh Botanical Garden, Omkar Hills and Hebbal Tank, a vocation that has earned him the prestigious Fellowship of The Royal Photographic Society (FRPS).
Mr. Gangadhar won the fellowship on the merit of 20 wildlife photographs — that include insects, butterflies, mammals and birds — adjudged by a panel of fellows of the society, which was established in 1853. He had earlier been awarded the Associate of the Royal Photographic Society (ARPS) in 2011 September.
Mr. Gangadhar said he has captured elephants, chital and tigers at Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh and Jim Corbett National Park.
Mr. Gangadhar joins a list of 15 photographers from Karnataka, who have been honoured with the fellowship. While the late G. Thomas was the first from the State — in fact, the country — to have been awarded the fellowship in 1949, other famous photographers include the late Minister M.Y. Ghorpade, the late B.N.S. Deo (First Indian FRPS in Nature category), and T.N.A. Perumal.
“I was inspired by the works of senior photographers after I joined the Youth Photographic Society. A lot of information was exchanged among the society members,” Mr. Gangadhar, who started 2000 , said. A press release said the fellowship is the highest distinction of the Royal Photographic Society.