Honorable Mention TOKYO-2017 Science / Environment

Awareness

  • Photographer
    Gauri Chopra

More than 75% of the earth is covered by ocean And only 3% of the planet's oceans have been discovered Ocean plants contribute about 60-75% of the oxygen in the atmosphere We cannot afford to ignore the existence of a symbiotic relationship between humans and the ocean today. The solution is awareness This exhibit aims to create awareness about the coexistence of the symbiotic relationship between humans and the ocean which helps understand a basic fact… “We need the ocean as much as it needs us” “Art can create large shifts in awareness and value …only when it is accessible to the world” Gauri ChopraBorn and raised in Mumbai, India, Gauri Chopra began her career in 2002, when she transformed her childhood hobby of photography into her passion as a self taught nature and commercial photographer. In 2010 Chopra graduated with a BA in industrial scientific photography from the prestigious Brooks Institute of photography in Santa Barbara, California. This newly acquired knowledge of scientific techniques changed Chopra’s perspective towards photography, after which she started her commercial career in New York.In the midst of her commercial journey she realized that her art itself was calling for a larger purpose in life. A purpose via which she could create more value through her art and share the knowledge with others. “Art itself is a passionate journey, hence art can create awareness and value only when it is accessible to the world”.In the search for creating more awareness of the artist within herself, in 2014 Chopra discovered the ocean through her lens, after which she quit her commercial work and dedicated 5 years of her life to studying and capturing the wonders of our oceans and its inhabitants in the Indian ocean.In the process she learned about how tropical coral reefs are productive ecosystems, and not only do they support enormous biodiversity, but they are also of immense value to the human species. This exhibit aims to create awareness about the coexistence of the symbiotic relationship between humans and the ocean.