Here and Gone




Here and Gone
gold and black rosettes
melt ghostlike into the night
leopard, now here. gone

not sure if this qualifies as "creative" at all... but i post this image for two reasons:
1) This is a haiku on panthera pardus fusca - the indian leopard that is in dire peril: poached and killed with impunity. There are accounts that say for every tiger skin seized, seven leopard skins are found in the same haul.

2) So often this beautiful creature hypnotizes one with its eyes that are like liquid pools of amber. One tends to overlook the simply beautiful lines - the curves of its body, and the simply breathtaking tail.

with this image, i wanted to pay a tribute to this fast disappearing beautiful creature ~ especially its mysterious, ghostlike quality and the tail-end of its body :)

I just hope it doesn't ever really disappear.
Sun Oct 16, 2011 6:17 pm
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Commentby Nilanjan Das on Sun Oct 16, 2011 8:07 pm

Excellent image Arati !!! The way you have presented really portrays the silent exit of this beautiful cat from this world. The stunning beauty of this cat is not any less than the tiger. A leopard, which perhaps is one of the best examples of a predator which can survive close to the human civilization is disappearing even faster than the tiger. Due to it's stealth, perhaps it is much less understood. You have done an excellent job here, truly this species has reached the TAIL END of its journey in this world. This image in my opinion is VERY much FIT in this forum. This has a strong Natural History theme and the message sent out is reaching deep inside. I think creative approach towards image making in nature CAN actually be more APT than the documentary ( photocopy ) type photographers who love to call themselves Natural History photographers. Possibilities of creative approach in Natural History is much much more than simple documentation. - In my opinion, A good photo story here. Congrats.

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Commentby Nilanjan Das on Sun Oct 16, 2011 8:33 pm

Sadly, I have often seen that few photographers conveniently try this divide between Natural History Photography and Creative Nature Photography. I think this is more so done due to their inability to think of a creative approach towards natural history. Hence they try to create this forceful division. I think we in CNP also should think that we can actually make better and more meaningful natural history images than those who believe in making photocopy or documentary type of images. I have often discussed this with Ganesh, trust me the future of true natural history photography lies here in CNP more than any other forum. It will be great to have a detailed discussion on this here in CNP sometime. Ganesh, am looking forward to your inputs and views :-).

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Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Sun Oct 16, 2011 9:18 pm

I like the departing feel portrayed in the image - very much within the scope of the forum. Did you crop the full leopard or made this in the field itself ? An extra mark if you did it in field :)

Nilanjan, of course natural history can be portrayed in creative ways - in fact what will survive there are ones with strong story and unique portrayal. We had that theme for NTN but could
not make much progress. On the other hand creative nature photography is not tied to natural history and CNP is not only for natural history and we will not exclusively focus on natural
history here. Nature as art is another main theme in CNP. Some of the outstanding images we see here in the forum have no natural history but touch the human mind for different
reasons - just my take.

Ganesh H. Shankar
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Commentby AratiRao on Sun Oct 16, 2011 9:32 pm

thanks nilanjan-da and ganesh. as usual i have to read and re-read your comments to get the full measure of it!

Ganesh, i will grab those points, for i wanted to capture this in field... but i dont have a fast enough lens :) so i shot as tight a crop as i could and then decided to make the image i wanted, by cropping further. So, in short, intent was there, the means (lens) was not!

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Commentby Nilanjan Das on Sun Oct 16, 2011 9:39 pm

Exactly Ganesh, no limits, from black and white to most artistic images to the most serious story telling natural history images all under one roof and none of them has to be documentary or photocopy type :-). The reason I feel so excited is that this image perhaps might been deemed unfit in many forums due to the lack of the head or the way it has been composed, but imagine all this makes so much of sense here. If you ask me, natural history is there all around us, only we here in CNP look at presenting it in a unique way. I think Animals in their environment is a strong Natural History theme, we have so much of that here and presented with the best of spices from the photographic world. Probably, it's my way of looking at things, I personally do not there exists a divide, yes, probably a few kind of images would not create any impact here but again a lot of them will, which otherwise would have remained unappreciated. Actually I see a much wider umbrella of opportunity here.

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Commentby nirlep on Sun Oct 16, 2011 10:31 pm

Hi Arati,
I'm one hundred percent with Nilanjan about sharp divide between natural history and creative nature photography. To me if an image tells a story and relates to the stream of thought of a viewer it is creative for all intents and purposes. This image is not just a document. It relates to your stream of thought as an image of a specie which is highly endangered. And it does convey that through your choice to frame the animal leaving the frame, as if its visibility is already past its prime. What we see now is what remains of the complete picture that was. It is one half of the story with other half getting constructed in our minds. Each one has his or her own way of scripting the other half; some will do through activism, some through words, some through voice, some simply hope. In the final outcome everything will matter.
Thanks for sharing

Commentby Samyak on Mon Oct 17, 2011 4:16 pm

A Very well thought captured and present superbly here.


Commentby AratiRao on Tue Oct 18, 2011 7:51 am

I'm really glad you guys think this fits here. And i'm heartened to see what you guys are seeing in the image - the exit from frame etc. symbolism and interpretation thereof, i think, is what makes art personal. it is completely liberating to be able to make an image which means different things to different people, and is left slightly ambiguous.

that's what draws me to this forum. Now, i always have those damn words i use as props for my images ~ cannot seem to get away from it, for it is me. but someday i want to make an image that is "untitled" and "undescribed" and yet well received :)

thanks everyone for wonderful food for thought as usual,

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Commentby Sriharsha Ganjam on Tue Oct 18, 2011 8:53 am

Perfect crop! I love the subtle pan adding to the illusion of a fast disappering beauty. I have never had luck when it comes to seeing leopards (not even in a zoo for that matter!) but I always thought that was because of the indiscriminate poarching of these beauties and reading the first point just makes me realize how sadly true I could be!