Forbes India 15th Anniversary Special

Wild and Free: A moment in time with Earth's most beautiful creatures

Dr Rajiv Dang's journeys to renowned wildlife habitats to pursue some of the earth's most beautiful creatures have rewarded him with many awe-inspiring moments. Here is a selection of images from his ongoing show 'Wild and Free' that serves as a visual testament to the wonders of our planet

Published: Dec 16, 2023 09:30:00 AM IST
Updated: Dec 15, 2023 05:30:36 PM IST

My transition from painting to photography was sparked serendipitously during a meaningful visit to Gangtok. This rise in passion for photography has unfolded alongside my demanding role as a medical practitioner, transforming it from a modest hobby into an all-encompassing pursuit. As venerable mentors, the renowned Bedi brothers were crucial in guiding and nurturing my artistic growth. Immersed in the symphony of our natural world, I developed an intimate connection with Mother Nature, embarking on transformative journeys to renowned wildlife habitats. These experiences brought me into awe-inspiring proximity with some of the earth's most beautiful creatures, satisfying a deep yearning within. Captured through my lens, these incredible moments in the wilderness serve as a visual testament to the wonders of our planet. They are a poignant reminder to preserve and appreciate the breathtaking beauty surrounding us. May these humble endeavours inspire action, calling upon the hearts of many to safeguard our planet's precious wildlife.

Guardians of Tradition

Wild and Free: A moment in time with Earth's most beautiful creatures

With their remarkable memory and enduring recollection of paths traversed over the years, elephants maintain the ritual of following familiar routes, showcasing their disciplined nature and unwavering adherence to tradition. Witnessing the structured hierarchy within the group, it became evident that the head of the herd stood as the vigilant monitor, guiding the procession through the well-trodden paths of memory.

Rising Star

Wild and Free: A moment in time with Earth's most beautiful creatures

A young elephant awakens from a short nap in the enchanting Amboseli, eager to join its moving family on their journey through the wild wonders of the savannah. Every moment is an adventure in this majestic landscape.

Colourful Charmer of Bheemtal

Wild and Free: A moment in time with Earth's most beautiful creatures

The tiny Red-billed Leiothrix, a vibrant avian gem, is a bundle of cuteness. All it needs is a small collection of water to leap into, creating a delightful flutter of colours and joy in nature's watercolour palette.

Graceful Spectacle

Wild and Free: A moment in time with Earth's most beautiful creatures

The breathtaking agility of a leopard in action was on full display as it swiftly approached us, then paused for an ephemeral moment before soaring effortlessly over the water body. Witnessing nature's poetry in motion, a tale of elegance and power in the wild.

Peek-a-Boo!

A curious Malabar Hornbill chick takes its first glimpse of the world from the safety of its cosy nest in a tree trunk, eagerly awaiting the nurturing embrace of its watchful mother in Dhela National Reserve, a hidden gem within Corbett National Reserve.

Wild and Free: A moment in time with Earth's most beautiful creatures(Left - Malabar Hornbill. Right - Cormorant)

Nature's Lethal Hunter

A close examination of the cormorant reveals its captivating, piercing eyes and a formidable, sharp, hooked beak, perfectly suited for seizing prey. With its well-equipped webbed feet, this avian marvel completes its arsenal, transforming it into a lethal and efficient hunter of the waters.

Innocence in Gaze

Wild and Free: A moment in time with Earth's most beautiful creatures

A lion cub perched upon a rugged rock captures hearts with its unassuming stare, an unspoken tale of untamed innocence in the wilderness, feeling the purity of nature's grace through those soulful eyes.

Protective Mother

Wild and Free: A moment in time with Earth's most beautiful creatures

In the serene expanse of Jhalana National Park, Jaipur, a diligent partridge mother leads her brood in search of sustenance. Startled by the approach of our vehicle, she swiftly gathers her young under her protective wings, attempting to conceal them from view. However, the mischievous antics of her playful offspring betray their hiding spot.

Winter's Refuge

Wild and Free: A moment in time with Earth's most beautiful creatures

Beneath the gentle caress of the warm winter sun, a flock of pelicans finds solace and serenity. In a heartwarming display of community and leadership, an elder takes flight, providing a protective embrace to the flock, a testament to the bonds of kinship in the avian world.

About the photographer:
In addition to spending time on his passion for photography, Dr. Rajiv Dang also maintains a full-time clinical practice at Max Hospital in Gurgaon. He is currently the head of the department of medicine and the medical director of the institute.

The show Wild & Free is on exhibition at the Shridharani Gallery in Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi, until December 20.