Time and again, many people have proved that talent and passion have nothing to do with age. Age looked like a mere number when Obama retired at 55, and Trump started at 70. Similarly, many people have achieved great success at a very early age. We have a living example as Arshdeep Singh, who won the best Wildlife photographer award of the year 2018 under the 10-year category. His creativity and picturization of the beautiful moments behind the lens are par excellence for a 10-year-old boy. This talented boy appears to be ahead of time and has brought laurels for India at the International level in Wildlife photography.
"A birthday is just another day where you go to work, and people give you love. Age is just a state of mind, and you are as old as you think you are. You have to count your blessings and be happy."- Abhishek Bachchan
Arshdeep was born to India's renowned Wildlife photographer Randeep Singh at Jalandhar, Punjab, in 2007. As every parent passes on some of their unique traits to their children, it seems to be the same case with Arshdeep as well. It was evident since his birth that he acquired creativity and love for nature and wildlife from his father. He was so much indulged in beautifying the environment and wildlife that he received his first camera and lens from his father on his fifth birthday. It serves as the first official step towards his journey of wildlife photography. Soon after this, he started learning the essential skill of capturing the beautiful moments. The best part of his photographs was the creativity he used to put while capturing the unique moments, which was certainly not an easy task for a 6-year-old boy.
‘Pipe Owl’ Shot
The art of photography is always about taking the perfect shot at the right time. Arshdeep used to accompany his father at exotic locations for training and capturing the beautiful nature and wildlife surrounding it. One of their favorite sites was the outskirts of Kapurthala in Punjab, which was not very far away from their hometown. It was during a vacation when his father decided to take him there for training and enjoying the eye-catching beauty.
"I try to do the right thing at the right time. They may be little things, but usually, they make the difference between winning and losing." —Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
As they were about to reach their final spot from the car, Arshdeep's sharp eyes caught two owls peeping out of a pipe. It was so beautiful that all he wanted is to live that moment by capturing it through his camera. However, his father was not convinced about the presence of owls as they are mostly active at night, and it was still bright out there. Arshdeep told his father that he is confident of having owls in the pipe as he was observing the scene with full attention. As soon as he got an affirmative nod from his father, he created an Intelligent set up to capture the limitless beauty of the lively wildlife in a single shot. He creatively placed the camera on the half-closed window of their car and pointed it at the eye level and then waited till both the owls popped out of the pipe. He handed the circumstances patiently and captured a candid shot ‘Pipe Owl' when the owls peeped out again. The picture was so perfect that even his father was amazed by his understanding of nature and wildlife. Anyone who saw that picture was mesmerized by seeing one of the rare moments of wildlife.
Arshdeep was himself amazed by the behavior and beauty of the Indian wildlife. During clicking that picture, he felt that the owls were directly looking into his eyes, seeking his focus towards them. It looked like they wanted to be captured in his lens and be a part of a great journey. The lively picture not only got famous at the International level as ‘Pipe Owls' but also lent him the title for the best Wildlife photographer for 2018, organized by Britain's Natural History Museum. Arshdeep's best moment in this journey was a surprise tweet from the organizers itself on their official account, mentioning his famous 'Pipe Owls'. He attributed all National and Asian level awards to his family, but this International award was his tribute to them for showing their confidence in him. His talent was well received by the famous publications such as Lonely Planet UK, Lonely Planet Germany, and BBC Wildlife UK, including many national ones. The features of the legendary ‘Pipe Owls' in all these publications mark the presence of a new Indian prodigy in wildlife photography at International level. He is now polishing his skills by following the work of his father and Tim Laman, an American wildlife photojournalist who won the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award in 2016. He aspires to rank India in the first place in wildlife photography across the globe.
“Creativity doesn't wait for that perfect moment. It fashions its perfect moments out of ordinary ones." - Bruce Garrabrandt
The above quote justifies the award-winning Photograph ‘Pipe Owl’ of Arshdeep Singh along with his creativity level and love for the art. His impressive power of observing and understanding about the minute details of nature and wildlife is hard to find even at a higher age group. Arshdeep is still working hard to capture more creative and breakthrough moments, which inspires us to keep trying for the perfect shots of life irrespective of age. We need to have patience and confidence like Arshdeep to make this beautiful place a better world to live.