Aditya ‘Dicky’ Singh
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On a bright Autumn morning in November 1998, Dicky and Poonam Singh jumped into their car In Delhi and set off to make their dream a reality; of escaping the City and living a life connected to the land “to live in nature with tigers in our backyard’. Little could they have known the incredible journey they were about take, the fruits of which are now available for all through the sale of Limited Edition fine-art prints of Dicky’s wildlife photographs.
Two decades, 20 years after first setting off from Delhi, the name Dicky Singh has become synonymous with tigers and natural history in Ranthambhore National Park and Tiger Reserve. For over two decades Dicky Singh has been documenting generations of wild tigers through his lens and can draw many a family tree of tigers from his expansive photo stock. He is revered by many in the local community, which encompasses Ranthambhore National Park. Like Fateh Singh before him, Dicky Singh is one of the ‘good guys and gals’, a small but vital group of steadfast individuals fighting to protect India’s heritage both now and for future generations.
There are many photographers, wildlife experts, historians and artists but in Dicky Singh all of these skills are deftly packed into the one man. Add to this his unparalleled experience and knowledge gained through day-to-day existence with the tigers and the National Park and you have a tour de force, his photographs the culmination of all of these skills focused in the power of that one second, when his finger presses the camera button.
Like the man himself, the first exhibition of his photography, due to take place in February 2018 is multi-faceted; it offers viewers the chance to immerse themselves in India’s wildlife and heritage through the photographs, particularly in the unusual setting of the Theatre. Curator Laura Williams suggests, “with the rise of social media, images have become a part of our daily life and we are quick to open and delete visuals without really engaging with them. Viewing photography in a theatre can restore some of the drama surrounding the creation of the image. We can consider what it must feel like to experience the heart-stopping moment when the tiger comes out of the bush or the very last moment the sun goes down over the lake outlining the birds on the horizon. In the exhibition we are invited to become part of the narrative and enter the world the images present”.