Born and brought up in the folds of Nilgiri mountains, his relationship with nature is deep rooted. He works in a high pressure IT Audit profession, and making images is something that takes him away into his own world. Photographing nature has always been Balan”s passion. He believes in experiencing nature before framing it into a photograph, thereby, trying to capture beyond what is visible and intends to get the viewer an exotic view of the nature. Balan”s photography are a play in between light and dark, capturing the character and emotions of the scenes he photographs. His photographs are captured keeping a balance between painting and a photograph with an intention of transforming his common subjects into an abstract frame of depth. The online magazine Earth Shots (http://earthshots.org) which attracts thousands of viewers every day, has published his images thrice as photographs of the day. His images are regularly posted and discussed on some of the largest online photo magazines like Nature Photographers” Net ( http://naturephotographers.