ur main interests in my life. Wildlife, photography, travel and fly fishing. In today's digital age they all combine very well into one interest – Wildlife Photography.
My aspiration is to become a full time wildlife photographer specialising in birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. I do travel overseas but my main love is our native UK wildlife. I get just as much satisfaction photographing a robin in our woodland as I do capturing images of rare tropical species deep in the rain forests of South America.
Growing up in a cottage surrounded by a hundred hectare native deciduous woodland with foxes, deer, badgers, owls and a host of other wildlife as neighbours was the start of my wildlife journey. Then having a father who’s a consultant ecologist and I now work in his consultancy has given me the rare opportunity to fully understand what I’m photographing.
Hopefully this understanding shows in the photographs I take.
Wildlife photography has played a major part in my working life for the last 40+ years. A career in conservation and ecology has provided opportunities to learn to use photography as a tool to record the status of species and just as importantly the habitats they depend on. Over the years I've been very fortunate to travel quite extensively to Africa, North, Central and South America, the island groups in the Indian Ocean and Europe. Whilst it's always exciting to visit these areas there is something just as exciting for me in heading north to the wilderness of the far reaches of Scotland's Highlands and Islands.
The emotional connection through lens to subject is something I try to achieve in my photography. The eye to eye contact through the lens that sometimes happens still provides me with a very special fleeting moment of 'awareness'.
These days of digital photography open up so many opportunities and possibilities that one could only dream about not that many years ago.
Capturing that dream is what my photography is all about!
One of the other interests that we are both involved with is the pursuit of our native game fish - Atlantic Salmon, Sea Trout, Wild Brown Trout, Grayling and Char. This entails hours stood in rivers, mountain lochs and some pretty spectacular estuaries in the Outer Hebrides - not a bad way to spend some time.
There's something very therapeutic and calming about fly fishing, it gives the mind time to unwind whist focusing on 'presenting' the perfect dry fly on the water.
My favourite quote from Charles F Orvis 1884
"Unless one can enjoy himself fishing with the fly, even when his efforts are unrewarded, he loses much real pleasure. More than half the intense enjoyment of fly-fishing is derived from the beautiful surroundings, the satisfaction felt from being in the open air, the new lease of life secured thereby, and the many, many pleasant recollections of all one has seen, heard and done."
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