Nature and Bird Photographer: Tejas Soni
If you follow the community of nature photographers in India closely, you cannot miss the body of work created by Tajas Soni. He has been in the Indian photography circuit for over a decade now.
Tejas ventured into photography by chance. A self taught photographer, he was drawn to nature as he learnt sketching in his early days. His medium of expression gradually shifted to photography, but his love for nature remained intact. A cursory look on his brilliant body of work would tell you what an eye for detail he has. He says, “My artistic vision is a derivation of my study of the works of great masters like Rembrandt, Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Vincent Van Gogh, Seurat and Pablo Picasso, amongst others.”
He adds “I was not formally trained in photography and it has proved to be a double edged sword. While it meant that I had to work hard to master the art, it also opened up unexplored horizons. Like I said, I used to sketch a lot and that practice helped me to observe nature very closely. I used to photograph old buildings, peacocks, flowers and landscapes with my manual zenith SLR, and that was in the late nineties”.
He then graduated himself from a film camera to the digital sensors. He started out with point and shoot and prosumer cameras, and tried out a ton of them on his journey. He has used a Mercury digital camera (2000), Sony DSCH2, Canon SX10 IS, Sony DSCH50, Canon 450D, Canon 550D, and he now shoots on a Canon 7D. While he continues to be a nature photographer predominantly, he has his interests in macro, landscapes, portraits and street photography too.
It will not come as a surprise to anyone who has seen his photos that Tejas is a well traveled photographer. He has done photography in Jim Corbett National Park, Nainital, Velavadar Black Buck National Park, Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary, Bharatpur, Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary, Karnataka, Singalila National Park, West Bengal, Kanha National Park, Bandhavgarh, Kutchh, Khichan, Pushkar, Ladakh, Kerala and most other places that have anything to do with nature or photography in India.
There’s one place though which has special mention in the diary of the master photographer – Thol Bird Sanctuary. Tejas started doing bird photography in Thol. He adds “The place is just 23 kms from where I live. I have visited this place more than any other and I can continue going there forever.” Ladakh is also a place which he loves.
Tejas believes in spontaneity in his photographs. He quotes William Wordsworth, “Poetry is a spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings”. Nature is full of surprises and we only have to be receptive and open, everything else will be taken care of”, adds Tejas.
Tejas has in interesting gear bag. Apart from the expected cameras, lenses, binoculars and a monopod you will see a ton of other interesting stuff too. It is packed with glucose, a water bottle, a torch, a matchbox, candles, a hat and tea, sketchbooks, watercolors, pencils, a harmonica and occasionally a flute!
Tejas plans to publish books on birds, travel and landscape photography in the near future. He wants to continue to learn and travel extensively to know more about the different species of birds.
We wish him all the best for all his future endeavors.
all images © Tejas Soni
Tejas Soni is a nature and bird photographer with interests in other genres like landscapes, architecture and street photography. Tejas is based out of Ahmadabad, Gujrat and travels extensively on assignments and while conducting photography expeditions.