An outdoor man
Ifthikar Cader favours a form of painting known as ‘plein air’, derived from the French phrase ‘en plein air’ which simply means in the open air. Plein air enthusiasts work outdoors, capturing the scene, the mood of the moment, at the spot itself, or at least as much of it as they can. Ifthikar too likes nothing better than to drive out of Colombo and when he sees a place that fires his imagination, stop, set up his easel and paint, capturing light and shade as it is. “It’s a challenge-when you start in the morning, the colours are a certain way, by afternoon, they’ve changed completely,” he says. Lately though travelling out to paint in distant places is not all that easy, given the situation in the country, he admits.
Sri Lankan wildlife on 2009 desk calendar

The 2009 Desk Calendar is the predecessor to the very successful 2008 Wall Calendar published last year. Each Picture is a glimpse of our unique wildlife photographed in the most favourable light and backgrounds, a technique that has perfected Ifham Raji and Kamil Naleem’s style of photography. Clean and Beautiful pictures, so the viewer can be drawn completely into the subject. Like the Sambhurs at Horton Plains lit with the red glow of the last light of sunset, the Buffalo submerged in gravy of water filled with Green weeds to the giant squirrel sniffing a tree leaf.

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