A virtual photo expo in the time of pandemic

The online expo has entries from lensmen from across the country.K.R. Deepak

The online expo has entries from lensmen from across the country.K.R. Deepak  

From capturing the various moods of the forest, habitats of birds like the Telineelapuram painted storks to showcasing the tribal culture of Araku, Bhutan’s rich landscape and heritage and iconic structures of Visakhapatnam, the online photography exhibition hosted by Vivid Photography presents myriad shades of human emotions, architectural splendour and nature at its best.

Photographers from across the country— professional and amateurs —are showcasing their works at the exhibition being conducted to mark August as the world photography month.

“The pandemic has been hard on photographers, especially those specialising in landscape, nature and wildlife. This is a platform for everyone to showcase the best images from their portfolios,” says Subrahmanyam Kotipalli of Vivid Photography.

The group has opened its first online exhibition for photographers across the country. Each photographer can submit up to five images under categories such as wildlife, landscape, tabletop and food, portrait and fashion, sports and action, travel, fine arts, weddings and events.

“The pandemic has significantly impacted travel and landscape photography. Every year, I attend at least three to four travel photography workshops and document critical habitats of Olive Ridleys and migratory birds. But all plans are shelved this time. I am utilising the time to learn about other photography software and pulling out old images of the city from my stock for online exhibition,” says veteran photographer K. Bhaskar Rao.

Mr. Rao had captured several heritage spots and structures of Visakhapatnam region, including those that no longer exist. He has submitted a series on his recent Bhutan travel for the exhibition.

New opportunities

Photographers say that while the pandemic may have been hard on them, it has also opened up new avenues for learning.

“With this online exhibition, we can reach out to a larger set of viewers,” says Manjusha Dangeti, a food and tabletop photographer.

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