I’ve grown massively as a photographer, and as a human being since I began taking photographs five years ago and thus, naturally, the results have changed too.
Many will remember my flamingo project from 2016; I recently revisited the archives of this project prior to undertaking an assignment last month with these beautiful birds.
Two years has now passed since the original project and it appears my creative courage, technical fluency and emotional investment have all grown.
The results of this years shoot are, in my opinion, much more powerful. They allow the subject space to breath, and the viewer an increased ability to emotionally invest themselves in both the image and the subject.
Since the beginning of my flamingo project in 2016 I have always wanted to capture an image like this, three years later it finally happened.
The flamingo is such a graceful and visually intoxicating bird and watching them always reminds me of a ballerinas beautiful dance.
This is a special image. It carries and represents many things - it was one of my original works and remains one of my favourites, it kickstarted my love and admiration for the flamingo and made me link my photographic work to the events and people of every-day life. ⠀⠀
We consider the animal world to be just that, another world, what we fail to see all too often is the very real and strong link between the human world and the animal world. My work with flamingo highlighted this; they are beautiful creatures that pose a mystical and ethereal existence. Much like humans they live in a society, otherwise known as a flock but unlike the majority of humans they protect, love and care for the rest of their flock ahead of seeking to hurt, rebel or destroy others. ⠀⠀
If we paid close attention to the animal world we might just learn a few vital lessons required for a peaceful and thieving society. It is often when working with wildlife and comparing their behaviour to that of the human race as whole that we come to realise there are few people with hearts and priorities like those found in the animal world, especially in a world filled with violence, dominance and hatred - those few, however, are worth their weight in gold.
At the heart of what I do is a strong desire to tell stories, or at least lay the foundations for the writing of a story in the viewers mind.
I think this emotional and dramatic image taken in early September resonates with us all in a variety of ways.
Does it depict a fractious romance or a failed first kiss? That is for the viewer to decide, but it is a special image.