During the months of July and August, the Himalayas not only face the brunt of the South West monsoons, it stops them dead in their tracks. It is as if the elements are at war over these pristine meadows and lofty heights. The violence is immense. Wind changes sides as thunder rumbles sending a rasping claptrap. Fire occasionally shows its flashes, to be subdued quickly by the rains. What fun and a thrill to be amongst it with your camera at hand.
By the forces that paint the sky, Anurag Jetley stumbled upon the joys of photography while trekking in the Himalayas with a borrowed camera, six rolls of film and not enough clothes to keep warm. Unbeknownst, he became an aspiring photographer capturing the elusive element of time.
It was not until he was introduced to the DSLR that Anurag became interested in photography. “Digital happened. We were not exposing film, but capturing light. Suddenly creating top quality panoramas became democratic. What was once a very exclusive and expensive specialty, suddenly became accessible and affordable.”
Anurag describes his works not as images but a scene made of quite a few shots that tell individual stories. Adding the element of time, he says, visually changes the way one experiences a location, bringing novelty to the presentation, which if done well, can be quite engaging.