Welcome to the site!
I have been travelling and photographing wildlife for as long as I can remember, following my introduction to the art form through a flashbulb-laden, Kodak Instamatic back when I was about seven years old. Since then, I have been fortunate enough to visit some of the world’s most incredible wildlife locations, and witness some of nature’s greatest spectacles, species and behaviour, and it is this fantastic and incredible world that I want to share with you.
For over 20 years, I have supplied pictures to books, magazines, other media and charity, ensuring that the natural world could be appreciated by a wide audience. However, after a lifetime of taking images, and seeing them appear all over the world through third parties, I decided I wanted to have a more direct connection with those that saw them, and as such in 2014 I launched a separate company – Fauna Vista LLP – of which my photography (both general media and limited edition) is one of the key components along with specialist photographic tours, after-dinner talks and tuition. More on those elsewhere on the site.
Overall, the idea has been simple. Whilst providing photographs for commissions and projects for other organisations remains my raison d’être, from each my expeditions I retain the rights to a select set of images that I can then release as very limited edition, super high quality fine art prints. I work with one of the best imaging companies in the country – Genesis Imaging in Putney – to ensure that all the images I put in my galleries are optimised in terms of the size, format, finish and presentation and become highly collectable pieces of art as a result. The gallery images, therefore, are only a tiny fraction of the pictures that I have available, but they are my absolute favourites and the only ones available as strictly limited editions. These are only available through the website, or directly through me at an art show.
The galleries change regularly as my trips through the year provide new imagery, and also as some of the limited editions sell out. As a guide, I will tend to have pictures from the last 2-3 years on the site, after which they most likely have sold out. Most trips, as a guide, will only throw up 1-2 images for a gallery, with the rest finding their way into articles, books and other media. As such, these become highly collectable pieces of art.
Of course, if there is something special you are looking for that you cannot see in the galleries, then do get in touch. You can find out more about commissioning or selecting an unique, one-off image on the FAQ section of the site. Alternatively, get in touch as some collections are available through commercial galleries elsewhere, and are not featured on this site. I can always put you in touch with those galleries showing current collections of my images if you wish.
As well as providing art for the wall, however, I do have another major motivator: through fine art photography I want to enhance and improve everyone’s appreciation of the wild world and to encourage everyone to play a part in preserving this amazing planet. After all, if we can’t save others, then what hope do we ultimately have in saving ourselves? To that end 50% of all the net profits from the sale of limited editions go to support conservation projects in the wild, on a global basis, with the funds being administered by our good friends at the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation. You can find out more about them elsewhere on the site.
Finally point I want to make is that all of the pictures you see in these galleries, and at the exhibitions I attend, have one fundamental thing in common: they are genuine, captured moments in time rather than some idealized, adapted view of it. I can assure you that none of the animals I take photos of are in staged settings; they are not baited, for example, nor are they domestic/tame ambassadors for the species, which can be sited wherever you want, and made to pose exactly as you wish. These are real, wild animals leading real, wild lives.
In addition, asides also from minor dust spot removal and the type of work that would normally have been done in a traditional dark room, there is no overt image manipulation either. The reason? Well, like many, I loathe the idea of creating perfection through the deletion, cloning or moving of objects, and as such if there is grass in the wrong place, or the animal blinks, or the light is not great then I would rather shrug my shoulders and try again another day, than commoditise nature and simply manufacture an image.
The result for you of course, is a more raw experience, and one that is in keeping with the conditions in which the pictures have been taken.
When you look into one these images, therefore, you will connect directly with the wild itself. This is your chance to get that immense privilege of being allowed in to share another’s life for a moment in time, on their terms, and until they decide to move on. To hang one of these images on your wall is to freeze an encounter forever; to capture a connection that in today’s world we are increasingly in danger of losing, and to remind yourself and others that there is another world out there that pre-dates our impact and that operates to its own times and schedules. Not only that, but you will be making a major contribution to the charities we support, helping to ensure that such breathtaking scenes are preserved in perpetuity.
People say “is wildlife photography an art form, compared to, say, an oil painting or watercolour of a similar subject?” This question has been the bane of all those who capture the wild world in still, single image format since the days of the first primitive cameras, to the ultra-slick, super-high resolution digital world in which we all now operate. The answer, of course – and not surprisingly given what this site is all about – is an emphatic “yes”. Whilst it may only take a fraction of a second to press the shutter and record the moment, compared to perhaps a month of careful sketching and painting, the photographer has a whole series of more complicated challenges to work with. We cannot dictate the sky or the light, for example. If we don’t like the pose of the animal, or its demeanor, position, attitude, facial expression or even the condition of its coat or feathers, we can’t simply decide to move it around and pose it perfectly, make the scene more aesthetic or invent “perfect” conditions.
We are fully in the hands of the subject, and not the other way round, and it is that which makes the discipline so fantastically addictive. It would be rare for an artist, for example, to travel the globe to get the scene they wish, but return with an empty canvas. Wildlife photography, however, offers no such guarantees. We, the shutter-pressers, could spend a month in the field, waiting for the split second where a specific animal enters the scene or activity can be recorded…and yet return with a memory card devoid of anything useful.
Such are our challenges…but such are our rewards.
Enjoy the galleries, and keep in touch. You can sign up to receive regular updates of where I’ve been and where I’m going, or if you have a group or class that you think would enjoy an entertaining hour of wildlife photography discussion and images, then feel free to get in touch.
50% of all the profits from the company go to support conservation projects in the wild