Our guest speaker for our January meeting is Mital Patel, a Dallas-based photographer, who has really come into his own in the past few years.
Mital has been taking pictures since he was 12, when he was first gifted a camera from his father, who was the family’s official photographer. He took over from his father as family photographer and also took pictures for his community. It was during family vacations that he found his passion for landscape photography. His primary photographic discipline was still centered on family for almost 20 years. It was when his children started school that his photography took a more intentional approach, and it carried over into his life.
He started taking regular nature hikes with camera in tow, the challenge a little greater with each new adventure. At the same time, Mital also started logging more hours in the digital world, using social media to talk shop with other photographers.
Eventually, online connections led to real-world creative exchanges in cities and remote regions of the world, where he and his new connections found perches to set up cameras and be humbled by the epicness of the natural world. He has spent hundreds of hours gazing at stunning expanses of earth, sea, and sky and trying to relay those memories to a broader community through his photography. It never gets old, and he always has a new destination in mind.
His presentation will showcase a recent trip to Greenland – with pictures of the country’s landscape, including icebergs and the people in their daily lives. He will have stories to tell about how he set up and photographed his images, along with the challenges he faced. He will also share some tips on traveling there, for those who might be interested in contemplating this as a future destination!