A solo photo exhibition – Africa an awakening by Pooja Chordia
Pooja Chordia, 27, is a wildlife and travel photographer from Chennai. with an upcoming exhibition at the Art Houz Gallery (41, Kasthuri Ranga Road, Alwarpet, Near Poes Garden, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600018. Phone: 044 2499 2173) from March 2nd to 4th. Her work showcases the amazing landscapes of Africa and its incredible animals.
After finishing her B.Com from Stella Maris, she started studying photography as It was her passion. She went to Paris briefly to study further and she interned with a photographer there. This experience, along with travelling throughout Europe exposed her to methods of photography and developed her vision as a photographer. After returning to India, she naturally gravitated towards wildlife because of her early upbringing and love for animals.
Pooja says, “nature has always held a special place in my heart. I have always wanted to do something that is connected to environment, and hence one of my passions. The thrill one gets when you get closer to nature, is something that can change your life. To even see a wild animal and try understanding them by looking in their eyes is an amazing experience. At a time when so much is happening in the world, I want to do my part and help in any way I can. And, photography being my passion is a tool I’d like to use to make a difference.”
About the Exhibition
Enamoured by African wildlife, Pooja wishes to focus not only the vastness of the African plains but also the wide variety of animals there. Her main objective for the exhibition is to show the natural beauty of Africa and introduce the people of Chennai to it.
The exhibition will showcase images taken by Pooja in South Africa, Tanzania, and Kenya. Her last trip to Africa involved working with a wildlife conservation organisation in South Africa. They not only encouraged her to photograph animals for identification, but also taught her to track animals and identify radio collared animals.
Difficulties in the Field
According to Pooja, “one needs a lot of patience. You might have to wait for sometime if you are hoping to see a wild animal.” She also says that it is important to have the right equipment – telephoto lens are a must as well as a good support system for the lens whilst shooting. She also says that it is important to protect your equipment from the dust as it can cause problems.
Art Houz Gallery, 41, Kasthuri Ranga Road, Alwarpet, Near Poes Garden, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600018.
March 2nd to 4th 2017