Kartikeya Sharma only began practicing photography about a year and a half ago, but that hasn’t stopped him creating an epic timelapse video of Australia’s most iconic tourist destination.
Kartikeya, a chef at the Ayers Rock Resort, had a good subject – the iconic Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park – on his doorstep.
The video, which took ten months to complete, is a moving tribute to the outback, where dense clouds race and expand, shifting from dark blue to orange to black, and spectacular lightning storms lash the ancient rock.
Kartikeya says the video took him ten months to complete, and required patience and dedication, and a fair share of dejection and desolation.
‘I wanted to capture Uluru’s dramatic, dark and moody side. I had to wait for the right weather and then I would grab my camera and race off to the park,’ he says.
The video also shows the Milky Way arcing through the night sky, towering above the rock in a palette of duck egg blue, pink, yellow and mauve – all set to a rousing orchestral score by Ramazan Yuksel.
With a baby on the Kartikeya may have to put videography aside for a while, but he hopes to film more of the Red Centre in the future. And after that his native India.
‘I give credit to this landscape,’ he says. He particularly likes the Valley of the Winds walk at Kata Tjuta. ‘It’s a beautiful place, very peaceful, and always imparts a spiritual feeling in me.’