Himalayan life revolves around the mountains. This region is home to 9 of the world’s 14 highest peaks, and also to a landscape of lush, densely forested valleys, as rich in ancient culture as it is in wildlife diversity. For award-winning photographer and cinematographer Sandesh Kadur, this is a land of great potential that has fostered a lifelong commitment to conservation.
Growing up in India, Kadur recalls how the natural world had him spellbound from an early age: “One of my earliest teenage memories found me sitting on a large jamun tree by a waterhole under a full moon as a leopard casually walked directly underneath me, unaware of my presence. From that moment on, I was hooked.” In the years that followed, Kadur became an avid naturalist with a keen interest in documenting the world around him though photography and filmmaking.
Today, Kadur is founder of Felis Creations, a media and visual arts company based in Bangalore, India, that focuses on creating content that will encourage global conservation. As an Associate of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP) and a member of Filmmakers for Conservation, Kadur is making a difference using the power of extraordinary imagery and storytelling. “I feel visual presentations have the unique ability to engage and motivate a global audience, reaching far beyond the barriers of language and culture,” says Kadur.
For a recent project, Kadur along with biologist Kamal Bawa set out to document the Eastern Himalayan region that holds great spiritual and global ecological significance. Himalaya is often referred to as the “water tower of Asia,” as the eight largest rivers of Asia originate in this mountain range. Collectively, these rivers sustain as much as a quarter of humanity by providing fresh water and nourishment at every level of the food chain.
To see more of Sandesh’s work please go to his home page http://www.sandeshkadur.com/