By : Vikram Singh & Life Meets the lens
If one applies an objective lens to what human perspective has been regarding everything other than itself that is considered natural, then it appears that the communication of the fact that humans misunderstand themselves to be the epitome of all universal perspective itself, becomes imperative. The idea of this communication was tossed around in several conversations with naturalist – Vikram Singh, fusing natural science and arts, and as a result it gave birth to multiple installations and construction of spaces to express the very fact that we as humans, are a mere speck in the vast universe of the living and the non-living. The narrative born from this exercise was named ‘Ansh’ – the Sanskrit term for denoting a part or a portion. Ansh is a collection of five installations.
Vikram Singh is a life sciences and photography enthusiast and self-trained naturalist with a special interest in insects. In 2017, he started a project called Life Meets the Lens that attempts to encourage people to explore the natural world and witness its remarkable biodiversity through exploration workshops in Palampur, Himachal Pradesh, India. Singh was born and raised in the small town of Palampur, which lies in the Dhauladhar range of the Himalaya, and growing up he spent a great deal of time in forests collecting dead insects, seeds, stones, feathers, mushrooms, and skulls and bones of dead animals. With this considerable collection, he created a small museum to showcase the rich floral and faunal diversity of Palampur. Singh has an undergraduate degree in botany and a master’s degree in human genomics from Panjab University, Chandigarh, India. Upon graduating, he worked in the pharmacovigilance sector for several years before leaving to find more purpose in his work and reconnect with nature. He began working with a grassroots nonprofit in his hometown as a biology teacher for middle and high school students, and uses experiential methods that encourage involvement of head, heart, and hands to teach others about the natural world.