Harmony 3 by Anup Shah

Anup Shah

Chippenham, WILTSHIRE - United Kingdom


Anup was born in Nairobi, Kenya. His childhood experiences there became the foundation for a career in wildlife photography.

Anup received the National Geographic call that most photographers dream of for his first assignment for the magazine in 2003. This was followed by seven more assignments.

Anup was featured in The World’s Top Wildlife Photographers book (Rotovision 2004) and in Horzu magazine (February 2010) as one of the five best wildlife photographers in the world. He is also one of the 10 ‘Masters’ featured in the book Masters of Nature Photography (Natural History Museum September 2013).

By now Anup had got fascinated by fine art photography and wondered if he could hit the sweet spot between documentary and fine art photography.
The journey began with the publication of three photography driven books by the New York art publisher, Abrams. Since then, he has had solo exhibitions at Umbria World Festival, Italy, Konica-Minolta Gallery, Tokyo and Serendipity Arts Festival, Goa.
His latest project, published in book form, The Mara, is an attempt to have the viewer feel what it is like to be intimate with wild animals and thereby feel a primeval connection.
Anup loves wide open spaces and now lives in a tiny village in the British countryside.


Artist statement

I have worked as a wildlife photographer for more years than I can remember. Over time, I continually assessed what I was doing and evolved to take a more reflective approach to my photography, pondering on what inspires me: the intangible qualities of a scene before me, exploring it, finding rhythms, shapes and patterns; flashes of sentience revealed by wildlife in front of me.
I am compelled to take in these moments and express my take on nature’s beauty. I guess I am looking for poetry and sentience in nature.
I now employ black and white photography. I don’t really know why but it works for me - but it certainly enables me to express the nature in the way I imagine it.
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