Lords of the Wild: An ex­hi­bi­tion on di­verse wildlife

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Bio­di­ver­sity is the rich va­ri­ety of life on Earth. It is na­ture’s unique design and com­prises of our in­ter­con­nec­tions with the dif­fer­ent types of flora and fauna es­ti­mated at 10 mil­lion plant and an­i­mal species that share our planet with us.

No one an­i­mal or plant ex­ists in iso­la­tion - not even us and the dis­ap­pear­ance of just one en­demic species can have a cas­cad­ing if not cat­a­strophic ef­fect on the ecosys­tem it be­longs to.

Every species alive to­day is a survivor over mil­len­nia, chang­ing and adapt­ing to its sur­round­ings. These are the Lords of the Wild, unique crea­tures that con­trib­ute in their own way to main­tain a healthy ecosys­tem; which is the bedrock of the very air we breathe, the food we eat and the wa­ter we drink. The na­tional parks, sanctuarie­s and re­serves in Sri Lanka alone pro­vide a haven for ele­phant, bear, leop­ard, deer, over 400 species of birds many of whom are en­demic to the coun­try and many other rarely en­coun­tered flora and fauna that keep the bal­ance of na­ture.

To­day an in­creas­ing num­ber of our plant and an­i­mal species on the planet are on the brink of ex­tinc­tion due to cli­mate change, poach­ing, logging, pol­lu­tion and man’s de­struc­tive ac­tions. We have the power, and the moral duty to pro­tect and con­serve them for our fu­ture and the fu­ture of our planet.

This ex­hi­bi­tion focuses on di­verse wildlife from dif­fer­ent con­ti­nents of the world with a spe­cial em­pha­sis on wildlife con­ser­va­tion for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. All pro­ceeds from sale of the pho­to­graphs will be di­rected to­wards wildlife con­ser­va­tion projects un­der the Wildlife Aid Foun­da­tion; a not for profit com­pany I founded with the sole in­ten­tion of pro­tect­ing the flora and fauna of Sri Lanka.

The pho­to­graphs are from my (Dhanushka Fonseka) pri­vate col­lec­tion taken from en­coun­ters in the wild over the last decades. Most are from the wilds of Sri Lanka, In­dia and Kenya.

This has fur­ther fu­elled my pas­sion for wildlife, en­abling me to be­come a strong voice for the voice­less. The ex­hi­bi­tion will be held on June 8 and 9, 2019, at the Lionel Wendt Ex­hi­bi­tion Gallery from 10:00a.m. to 7:30p.m..

Dur­ing my ex­cur­sions in the wild, I’ve learnt pa­tience leads to opportunit­y, un­pre­dictabil­ity of be­hav­iour and op­por­tu­ni­ties to cap­ture an un­for­get­table mo­ment in time. Eye con­tact with my an­i­mal sub­ject has per­son­alised some of my cap­tures and reels us into the an­i­mal’s world. My in­ten­tion has also been to trig­ger the viewer’s ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the beauty and grace of our wildlife and the im­por­tance of their con­tri­bu­tion to the world we live in.

I en­vi­sion a world with di­verse and abun­dant wildlife and I am ded­i­cated to en­sur­ing that the species on the verge of ex­tinc­tion aren’t lost but are pro­tected and flour­ish well into the fu­ture.

There is how­ever a grave need to create more aware­ness of our fast dis­ap­pear­ing wildlife as a re­sult of our neg­a­tive im­pact on our bio­di­ver­sity. It is my fer­vent hope that this pho­tog­ra­phy ex­hi­bi­tion would re­mind the pub­lic of the beauty and dis­tinc­tive­ness of our frag­ile bio­di­ver­sity and the mea­sures needed to pro­tect and con­serve our flora and fauna for gen­er­a­tions to come.

Dhanushka Fonseka

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