Wildlife Photography isn’t a competition, it’s something very personal to the individual.
I get asked many times how do you become a wildlife photographer. I often reply be yourself look inward at what you like and then follow your passion and always put wildlife first.
I’ve never proclaimed to be anything I’m not. I try and protect wildlife with everything I have. I will always help someone if I can. That’s how I was brought up.
I judge success by how much you respect wildlife. This simple statement has stood me in good stead throughout my life.
I don’t enter photography competitions and so I can’t claim to be “award winning” I never want to use that unconscious bias and message to say I’m better than anyone else.
I don’t seek likes or followers and use that as some sort of gauge to how popular or good my work is.
My images represent an event that occurred in the wild something that I witnessed and recorded with my camera.
My skill lies in interpreting and presenting this in a way that invokes beauty, mood and emotion with each moment captured.
As an ex soldier I try to help those injured by war or trauma. Showing the beauty of the natural world and how it can heal and add such a lot to the person’s life both physically and mentally.
I have never forgotten my roots, my late mother for instilling the beauty of nature into me and my childhood love of wildlife that is behind my work today.
I work tirelessly to bring about a more ethical approach to wildlife photography and have worked hard to bring this issue to the surface.
As a responsible photographer of wildlife I capture my images as seen on the ground. I always put the welfare of the subjects life and care of the environment above any photograph I take.
I never use flash, props, live bait or any bait that will adversely affect the behavior of an animal.
I am always honest in declaring the circumstances under which a photograph has been taken by myself. I never use digital manipulation to misrepresent a subject or mislead the viewer.
We are all struggling with this containment as I call it because it’s not normal. The last twelve months have seemed like a bad dream.
Look for the simple things around you that offer solace and some comfort. For me this is nature. Keep moving forward and be positive as things will get better.
Embrace nature into your life and you will never look back. Stay safe and all the best.