What happens when two childhood friends share a passion for both the wild and photography? Discover the answer this weekend when Amrit Rajaratnam and Shanik de Silva present ‘The Wild’ an exhibition of photographs that pay tribute to the animals that inhabit the African savannah.

Amrit Rajaratnam, Managing Director of Maitland and Knox Pvt Ltd, the managing agents of The Galle Fort Hotel, Thotalagala and The Havelock Place Bungalow, traces his love for the wild back to infancy. When his father subsequently gave him his first camera, his love for photography proved a perfect match for his already ingrained passion for the wild.

He found the perfect companion with whom to embark on this endeavor in his childhood friend Shanik de Silva. Having learned most of his photography on a film camera, he moved on to digital cameras about 10 years ago. Shanik is the Managing Director of Water Mart Systems Pvt Ltd having graduated with an honours degree in Industrial Economics from the University of Warwick. However he says that nothing makes him happier than being in the wilds of this world with like-minded souls.

‘The Wild’ is the first exhibition for both these photographers and is taking place on January 21 and 22 from 9 am to 6 pm at the Lionel Wendt Gallery.

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