Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. For Tanmoy Das it lies behind the lens of his camera. “My world changes into a beautiful wonderland when I look at my subject from behind the lens. It is as if I am in another world where I am all alone with a thing of wonder which can be as basic as the perky, bright eyes of the Raven or the magical wings of the Moore Hen,” says Doctor Tanmoy Das who is a senior consultant & Head. Department of Anesthesiology and Chief of Operating Room Services at Apollo Gleneagles Hospital, Kolkata.
Born in the steel city Rourkela he completed his boards from D’souza school and Government College. Then it was MBBS from the famous SCB Medical College, Cuttack and finally his MD in 1991. Even though a doctor he was fascinated with the camera from his childhood but could devote time only a few years back.
“For me bird photography was a challenge because it was very difficult to capture good shots as there is too much of action. I have to bring in all the factors like focus, exposure, lighting, background, action freeze, creativity together in fraction of a second to get a good image. The excitement of that moment is addictive and when the image is a good one I feel rewarded,” he smiles.
To be a good doctor and a photographer Tanmoy feels that patience and being calm are the two main factors that have helped him. Also to be a good photographer one has to have the creative eye which can see the hidden beauty. “Sometimes I survive on cheese cubes and nuts while going for my photographic trips as the risk of losing time and frame cannot be taken,” he comments.
“Well I am not a foodie, I just eat whatever little is necessary to be fit and healthy. While on photography trips I survive on cheese cubes & peanuts!”
His trip to the wetlands of Mangalajodee in Odisha has given him some masterpiece candid captures of birds that have been internationally acclaimed. Mangalajodee which is a part of Chilika Lake is a unique ecosystem which attracts thousands of migratory birds every year. Odisha has a lot of feathered wonders and capturing the different activities in camera is an experience of a lifetime.
“If young students can be trained to do bird watching they automatically start loving nature and knowledge about the flora and fauna can be imparted. Nowadays almost all have a mobile camera and using this for learning about nature will enrich their lives and they become aware and will care more about the environment,” he says.
It is of great pride that National Geographic Top 25 Wildbird entries have showcased his bird pictures for the fourth time. Tanmoy has worked both at the International & National Level via solo exhibitions in his professional societies of Anesthesiology & Critical Care conferences.