Everyone is fond of nature and its flora, but only a few get themselves connected to it and one such person was Varun Aditya, a shutterbug from Coimbatore who traveled London for his MBA but returned back to India with a DSLR in his hand. When life gave him security, he chose to work on his bucket list, photography.
Careering a passion and considering it a full time job was Varun’s plan and this made him learn more about nature photography. Art can’t be learned overnight so he started to work primarily on action photography on the streets of London. The moment his pictures got attention from the social channels, he decided to pack his bags and moved to Bandipur along with his friend for his first official project. His parents were more than supportive and leased out 10 lakhs to buy their son an extra pair of lenses.
In the monsoons of July 2016, Varun along with his friend, Arvind carried their lenses to Amboli, a hill station in the western ghats of Maharashtra. Varun’s main intention was to hunt for the native gliding frog and get some clicks out of it. The heavy rains kept on pouring down and Varun was elated with nature’s flora. No hurdles could stop him from accomplishing his bucket list and from letting him become an award winning photographer.
However, he came for a Malabar gliding frog and just when he crossed a few kilometers in the hills, a green vine snake which was around 10-15cm in length had conquered his attention. The snake was on a small barren branch and he immediately gathered some courage, moved ahead and positioned himself near the snake. He almost reached the eye level of that venomous snake and lensed out a few shots and left the place with a sigh of relief.
When he visited Amboli, his purpose was all different, however, the outcome was more than expected as the picture of the vine snake got him great accolades and he grabbed the ‘Nat Geo Nature Photographer of the Year’. The image was titled by him as ‘Dragging you deep into the woods’ and it definitely makes sense after seeing his hard work and perseverance invested towards photography.