Weaver Ants, a closer look, photo essay by Suraj Bhakat[T]his is a short excerpt from a society that thrives right under our noses, weaver ants, and the struggles they have to face in order to sustain their race. They teach us about unity, about perseverance and about harmony. Weaver ants are obligately arboreal, they build nests from tree leaves, they bend down four leaves broader than a man’s hand and place them in an orientation that requires the force of a thousand ants, holding down such a leaf, each drawing down with all his might and the others fasten the joints to build a spacious nest.
There is division of labour where the healthier ones look for food in the surrounding region and feeding millions of mandibles is not an easy job! I observed an ant carrying a spider up to its nest on top of a tree, surpassing several obstacles on the ground all by itself is an important life lesson. There are clashes between different groups over food. If you have food and you belong to a different colony, be prepared to face resistance where majority win is generally observed. The food that reaches a nest is shared by all. “There is joy in sharing”, they yell at us. (Suraj Bhakat)
Q&A with Suraj Bhakat
Photography is an escape route. The immense joy I derive from taking photographs helps me release a lot of pressure. This is one of the most important reasons why I am interested in this art form.
Photography and writing…
Photography and writing are two different forms of expression, their symbiosis is not always required, specially when photographs need not be documented.
Texts help align the viewer’s thought process with that of the photographer’s which is very important when reportage and/or documentary is involved. For any other form of photography, the interpretation should be left for the viewers, that’s another beauty how multiple interpretations can be made of the same photograph.
Who left the biggest impression on you?
My parents always encourage me to pursue something that keeps me spiritually alive and they have been my constant support system, without any doubt, my parents impress me the most. My father had an affinity towards photography that I have inherited and I want to make him proud one day!
Is there anything else you’d like to share with the readers?
I would like to request everyone to take up photography for the pleasures one can get from it as the primary objective.
The massive adrenaline rush one gets after having created something beautiful and meaningful is beyond comparison.
We all like recognition, but before rushing into the rat race, we must promise ourselves to never let go of the desire to create something that makes us happy.