A Multifaceted Personality with Camera
Very few persons are versatile. Mr. Gopal Sharma (Bareilly, India) is a person, who is not only multi-talented, but is a great human being as well. A graduate of Architecture from JJ College, Bombay, Gopal Sharma served with Military Engineering Services from 1965 to 2003 as technical officer. Due to his intuitive adventurous spirit, he started trekking and mountaineering during the tenure of his service. Throughout this phase of time, he climbed innumerous peaks in Garhwal, Jammu & Kashmir, Sikkim and Ladak (all in India), and the great Alps in Italy. The sole purpose behind this act was to satisfy his appetite to know more and more about the geographical characteristics of the above regions. The desire to preserve the memories of these expeditions opened the way to an important field, i.e., photography. Mr. Sharma’s sincere efforts made him a faultless photo artist in a short time. Initially he did not exhibit his photographs in the exhibitions. Photography was just a means to conserve the reminiscence of his expeditions. However the pictures clicked by him were of high standard. It was after the retirement from service, he came in touch of the Photo Vision, a photographic Club of Bareilly. The activities of this club motivated him to take photography art seriously. He organized his first solo exhibition in the year, 2007 in Bareilly. The response of the visitors was very positive. This boosted Mr. Sharma’s zest. Just after, he started participating in the competitions of art photography at National Level. The response was quite satisfactory. Many of his creative images have been accepted in these contests. His photographs are as pure as nature.
The additional interesting aspect of Gopal Sharma’s personality is his longing for motorcycling. He has completed Trans Himalayan Motorcycling Mission and Coastal Motorcycling Expedition around the Indian peninsula successfully. His other hobbies are Hang Gliding, Para Gliding, Rafting and Painting.
He is active member of Council of Architecture New Delhi, Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi, National Adventure Foundation, New Delhi, India International Photographic Council, New Delhi, Arohi Adventure Club, and Photo Vision, Bareilly.
--Dr. Pankaj Sharma