A moment of magic photographed last week. I’ve spent many hours in the field cutting a frustrated figure and leaving the field with nothing that matches my definition of ‘good’. A storm was due this week and I knew that if I put in the hours and employed the heart I would stand a chance of leaving with some powerful content. I observed the sky as it covered with clouds for about an hour, then this mother and calf moved into position and finally got the image. I put in the hours that day and invested a considerable amount of heart and soul. The negatives of life provide the emotional energy to invest in imagery. What an image.
We have wiped out 83% of the wild mammals that once existed, and now 60% of all the mammals on Earth are livestock (mostly cattle and pigs), 36% are us humans and just 4% are wild animals. 70% of all the birds on Earth are farmed chickens. I pray that we soon begin to realise that Earth is not just for humans; we will forever be remembered for slaughtering the natural world.
A dominant male African Lion photographed posing proudly. These images can be technically challenging; I had to balance the ISO, F-Stop and shutter speed in order to create the dark background I desired. If possible I prefer to get the image correct in-camera rather than performing dramatic changes in editing suits; that is a demonstration of digital manipulation rather than of photographic skill and I much prefer the later. Of course the positioning of both the photographer and the subject add to the image, the lion was positioned in the shade rather than full-sun and thus made my work a little easier. He is a beast. He protects his pride whether it be light or dark.
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.
The tiger is a powerful being and I think this image captures the two conflicting sides of their personality — they are beautiful yet viscously dangerous.
This young male walked down a fallen tree trunk towards my camera, and even though I was a safe distance from him my heart was still pounding. He is massive and would have no problem in killing anyone that steps in his way with one swipe of his razor-sharp claws. When I saw this image full-size for the first time it gave me goosebumps. What an incredible animal.
I feel very lucky to have witnessed such an incredible animal at such close proximity. The life of a photographer maybe lonely at times, but the visions of the worlds natural beauty more than makeup for the bad times.
Many have told me that this is a lucky shot, but I disagree with most people's ideas of 'luck'. I am a firm beliver that the more time, research, heart, and determination we invest, the luckier we get.
We are leaders of our own desitny, and that applies to photography too.
I have failed consistently when photographing the cheetah and my archives pay homage to this fact, but this fills me with the determination to succeed and I will not stop until I have a strong image of this alpha predator.
I recently attempted the difficult mission again and, after a lot of patience and time, managed to get this image. I am not 100 percent satisfied with result, but perhaps this is a sign that the tides are beginning to turn in my favour.
We will revisit the cheetah time and time again until a strong image is captured and the beauty of this iconic animal is centre-stage. They deserve nothing less.
I have known about this backdrop for a number of years, and I have many failed attempts at this image in my archives. There are two main elements, both of which are essential — the zebra being in the required location and the weather conditions.
My experience told me that, if I waited long enough, the zebra would most likely move into position. The trickier of the two variables is the weather, over which we have no control and, in previous attempts, has failed to comply. Luckily, just two days ago, the midday sun illuminated the scene perfectly — we finally have the image!
We have long failed to get a front-on portrait of a lioness, but last week we had an amazing encounter with this beautiful girl. My heart was beating a little faster than normal, thank goodness I pressed the shutter button!
I spent a while with her after nailing the shot, and learn’t a lot. I think we should all take a leaf out of the lionesses book — they are beautiful, intelligent and fierce creatures. Nothing or no one will ever stop her from doing what she wants to do, she is herself and nothing is more beautiful than that.
In a world of sheep, be a lioness. That’s what I learnt from this assignment.
I hope those that know me and my mind well will guess that I took this vignette. It is a special image to me and one that I will treasure for many years to come.
I think it encapsulates all that is wonderful about having Autism in my field. I framed the image having assessed the surroundings obsessively — the taller growth in the bottom left perfectly complements that in the top right corner, the background allows for glistening bokeh which adds to the mystical narrative and the canopy above provides light in exactly the right places, and blocks it in others. I do not simply walk up and take an image, I scan my surroundings extensively, a trait which is exhausting on one hand, but extremely beneficial on the other.
I always knew that creating a black-and-white image of an animal known mainly for its arresting colour would be difficult, but I think this is a very special image.
After many years of social exclusion, I have finally found my calling and the obsessive and non-stop nature of my mind is being put to good use in the creation of these vignettes. I am a dreamer, and I am living my dream.
A brief of originality is difficult to meet in todays world where everyone is a photographer. It is even harder to meet the brief when the subject is the widely photographed bald eagle.
I had the idea to capture the eagle looking straight down the camera lens in order to capture his menace. It turned out to be a difficult image to get right and my archives testify for that — there are many failed attempts! But finally we got one, and that’s all we need.
The giraffe often reminds me of Roald Dahl’s legendary Big Friendly Giant character — they are somewhat otherworldly, yet delightfully friendly.
They are arguably one of Africa’s most loved species and thus I had to think of a unique way to photograph them. I wanted to capture their personality and there is no better way to do that than by capturing an eye-level portrait — not an easy feat when the giraffes eyes are between 4.6 and 6.1 m off the ground.
The only logical way to capture the image was from an elevated platform, and earlier in May we finally nailed it. What a beautiful giant.
I have envisaged this image for longer than I can remember, and am delighted to finally have it in there bag. Zebra are herd animals and so naturally stay near one another, but they are also skittish and getting close enough is a challenge. .
The zebra is all about stripes and therefore the resulting image should be all about the stripes, and then you hope that the light does its thing and illuminates those stripes. .
It grabs the attention and holds it, like any good photograph should.