Capturing human emotions and how human beings interact with the natural environment- this is Dr. Jeewaranga Gunasekera’s focus. “People and their emotions come in because as a doctor you deal with people; their suffering etc.,” he says.
An ardent lover of music and photography and with a large collection of digital images captured over the past five years, Dr. Gunasekera’s maiden photography exhibition is on today March 7 at the Lionel Wendt Art Gallery.
Titled ‘Charya’ it features 50 images taken in Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Thailand, Nepal and Bangladesh. No fan of digital manipulation, he does little to alter the image save for basic necessities such as colour balancing etc.
“Inserting objects into photographs is deceiving the viewer. I use modern technology in my own way but that is only when it is necessary. For example, when I cannot present the concept I have in mind in the natural environment, I go to the studio,” he says. He developed an interest in photography as a teenager as his father who is also a doctor was into photography.
“That’s where I drew inspiration from,” he says.
He learnt photography in a more advanced way after he joined the Medical Faculty Photography Club in 2005, his first guru being veteran photographer Panduka De Silva.