This book is a compilation of 14 years of my work - from the fieldwork put in, to writing the stories and the final production. It's for people who love tigers. In that it is an attempt to document the stories of Indian tigers, some of which are now almost legendary. I felt strongly that some of these tigers and the stories they inspired deserved to be made immortal in a way, through this book. The launch was as emotional for me because mentors like Mike Pandey, Valmik Thapar and Rajesh Bedi – whose writings and the imagery they evoke I have grown up on – were sharing the stage with me.
This book was a turning point in my photographic career because it made me look at the process of image creation differently. For example, I was used to – as any wildlife photographer would be – the process of aiming for a single image or sighting. But for this, I had to think of creating a series, a narrative that would flow together, and images that would speak to each other. To me, this was far more satisfactory.
Click through the photostory (above) to see a glimpse of the tigers I've met and fallen in love with over the years. Here's hoping you see them the way I did, through A Decade with Tigers.