Photographing Neglected Wildlife

Male Rock Agama in Breeding Colours. Shot in Karnataka, India.

The wildlife and its habitat cannot speak, so we must and we will

theodore Roosevelt

Wildlife photography has become a popular hobby today. Scores of photographers have taken to this craft, from shooting animals in their backyard to national parks and forest reserves. Social media has seen the proliferation of pages featuring images of wildlife from across the globe.

But over time, photographers have overtly chosen big, charismatic megafauna as their preferred subjects. Tigers, elephants and leopards garner all the attention, leaving frogs, insects and lizards watching from the sidelines. Typically, the spotlight is occupied by mammals, some birds and a few reptiles.

Every animal is beautiful in its own right, each deserving its time in the spotlight.

This trend exists in the conservation world as well. Charismatic animals like the Giant Panda and Tiger swallow enormous funds, leaving little for other species. Due to their attractive nature, much of the world’s conservation efforts are skewed in their favour. In the process, unappealing animals, like frogs and snails, for example, are cast a cold shoulder (explained in this video).

This puzzles me because it is often these underdog species that are the most fascinating.

I strive to break free from this biased outlook on wildlife. Every animal is beautiful in its own right, each deserving its time in the spotlight. So through my work (photography, art and writing), I embrace a balanced approach, focusing on all animals, however large or small. 

These photo collections are my attempt to shine a light on some of the world’s overlooked creatures.

  • Bonnet Macaque intense gaze, Black and White Fine art shot by Ishan Shanavas. Shot in Kerala, India
  • Wild Bookmarks - Baby Monkey by Ishan Shanavas
  • Young bonnet macaques holding a wire. Shot in Wayanad, Kerala, India by Ishan Shanavas
  • Young Bonnet Macaques playing. Shot by Ishan Shanavas in Bangalore, Karnataka, India
  • Bonnet macaque youngsters playing. Shot in Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Lizards, Frogs and Insects

  • Male Rock Agama in Breeding Colours. Shot in Karnataka, India.
  • A Garden Lizard on the top of a wall. Shot by Ishan Shanavas in Calicut, Kerala, India
  • Rock Agama in breeding colours. Shot by Ishan Shanavas in Bangalore, Karnataka, India
  • Fiery Fire Ants. Shot by Ishan Shanavas in Calicut, Kerala, India
  • Dead Scorpion run over by vehicles. Shot in Kozhikode, Kerala, India.
  • Hermit Crab. Shot in Point Calimere, Tamil Nadu, India.
  • Dragonfly Up Close Bokeh. Shot in Basavanbetta, Karnataka, India
  • Male Calotes rouxii lizard in mating colours
  • Cicada on tree bark
  • Egret landing with wings spread out. Shot in Kozhikode, Kerala, India
  • Group of Egrets moving together. Shot in Kozhikode, Kerala, India
  • Group of egrets flying. Shot in Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, Kerala, India.
  • Flock of Egrets flying in synchronisation. Black and white fine art shot by Ishan Shanavas. Shot in Thattekad Bird Sanctuary , Kerala, India.
  • 2 little egrets fighting black and white image. Shot in Kozhikode, Kerala, India.
  • Little egret with frog in its beak. Shot in Kozhikode, Kerala, India

Snakes

  • Russel Viper. Shot in Bangalore, Karnataka, India.
  • Malabar Pit Viper brown Morph.. Shot in Agumbe, Karnataka, India by Ishan ShanavasGreen vine snake hidden behind the leaves. Shot in Agumbe, Karnataka, India by Ishan Shanavas
  • Green vine snake. Shot in Agumbe, Karnataka, India by Ishan Shanavas
  • Indian Rock Python on a tree. Shot in Karnataka, India.
  • Painted Bronzeback Tree Snake swallowing a Malabar Gliding Frog. Shot in Agumbe, Karnataka, India.
  • Green vine snake among the leaves at night
  • Green vine snake hidden behind the leaves. Shot in Agumbe, Karnataka, India by Ishan Shanavas
  • Indian Spectacled Cobra. Shot in Bangalore, Karnataka, India.
  • Malabar Giant Squirrel. Shot by Ishan Shanavas in Munnar, Kerala, India.
  • Backlit Malabar Giant Squirrel. Shot by Ishan Shanavas in Munnar, Kerala, India.
  • Malabar Giant Squirrel eating. Shot by Ishan Shanavas in Munnar, Kerala, India.
  • 2 Malabar Giant Squirrels on a tree looking at each other. Shot by Ishan Shanavas in Munnar, Kerala, India
  • Malabar Giant Squirrel. Shot by Ishan Shanavas in Munnar, Kerala, India

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Published by Ishan Shanavas

I am a young adult, interested in nature, photography, art and culture. An aspiring polymath, I share my learnings through my blog. I also include insights from my favourite books.

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