Sonalini Khetrapal

On Terra Quantum since Dec 26, 2017

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My passion for animals coupled with my acquired skill at photography resulted in my love for travel specifically to pursue wildlife photography. My first safari in the wild impacted me in many ways. I wanted to capture it all - the expanse of the Savannah, the clear blue skies, the stark emptiness of my surroundings. It was something I wanted to preserve forever. What started as an aesthetic endeavor took on a more persuasive role with each successive trip. I felt an urgent need to raise awareness of the myriad life forms that were threatened with extinction, not by natural selection or cosmic events, but by both the actions and inactions of man. I believe that wildlife photos are indispensable tools to inspire everyone towards a cause conservation of the wild by creating a connection with nature and the need to protect it.
I am in my early thirties and I have traveled more than half the world and have lived in several countries including India, United States, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. My undergraduate degree is in Engineering from Cornell University, Ithaca and I have done a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University, New York. Last year, I completed my PhD in Health Economics from the University of London. Before my PhD I worked for a few years at the World Bank in Washington. But my time in the wild has taught me the most important lessons, among them being patience and perseverance. I have learnt to push myself harder and while doing so remain unperturbed. I have learnt to accept challenges that are out of my control - the vagaries of the weather, difficult terrain, and my subjects with a strong mind of their own and still persevere. Stay with the subject for as long as possible, often the whole day to get that perfect shot. It's that focus on pursuit that has been my greatest learning. Both ethereal and exciting.

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