The Silent Watchers
Most of the time, people who have no voice over matters are the ones that usually posses most knowledge about the jungle and its denizens. An hour long conversation with these boatmen of Parambikulam Tiger Reserve left us in awe! With just a humble salary to run the family and a menial task of rowing a boat from point A to point B, the knowledge they possessed over forests, from Tiger Reserve franchises to Conservation ideas, Public Private Partnerships in restoring forest fringes to regulating wildlife tourism and sustaining indigenous groups of forest dwellers, their acumen and dedication towards contributing to Wildlife and Nature was immense.
It’s experiences like these that enriches the life of a photographer! Happy World Photography Day to all my fellow photographers who have inspired me and contributed to my journey.