BHUBANESWAR: Wildlife photographer Avinash Khemka, who recently published his book ‘The Magic of Mangalajodi’, wants to use the medium of photography to spread and popularize the story of Mangalajodi conservation to as wide an audience as possible.
Speaking at a book event on Saturday here, Cuttack-based Khemka said he’s captured the diversity and avian landscapes in his lens, across different seasons over the past 10 years. After spending over 300 nights in Mangalajodi and 10,000 images later, he decided to tell the story of the beautiful habitat through the coffee table book.
All proceeds from the sale of the book will be used to fund the conservation initiatives of Song of the Wild, a non-profit organization founded by Khemka and educator, ornithologist Panchami Manoo Ukil in Mangalajodi.
The plan to launch a coffee table book took shape in 2018 when Khemka organized a photo exhibition of his photographs of birds and their habitat. The images were viewed and taken from a variety of perspectives and reflect the ecological relevance as well as bird tourism potential of this rich wetland habitat, which is strategically close to Bhubaneswar.
After the success of the photo exhibition, Khemka and Ukil started working on the coffee table book.
Both hoped that this one-of-a-kind publication would help showcase the beauty and natural heritage of Mangalajodi and put it on the global ecotourism map, as well as encourage contributions to its conservation.
After Mangalajodi, Khemka plans to document all of Odisha’s forests and wildlife habitats to preserve them for future generations and showcase them to global audiences.