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DARK


Photographing captive animals is a wonderful experience. The downside is that in the background of these images tend to be the atrocious bars and fences of the enclosures the animals are kept in. I was intent on finding a solution to present these beautiful creatures in their best light, without the sense of the cage behind. For some years I had been interested in old oil paintings that portrayed dark backgrounds. This inspiration bred experimentation and after sourcing an upgrade to enable my camera equipment to see past the wire of the enclosures, I managed to achieve the perfection of a unspoiled animal image. Thereafter, in the studio, I utilised the option of black backgrounds in combination with my photographs and found the darkness enhanced the wondrous colours and shades of the animals fur and feathers.


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WILD


Whilst both this and the previous sections showcase captive animals, in this selection of photographs it was my intent to portray these creatures in an environment endemic to them. I wanted to capture a simple, unaffected expression of the essence of their lives. The only filters and backgrounds used on these photographs, if any, are designed to enhance and frame their natural beauty.


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WOODLAND


Wildlife truly from the wild, the majority of the photographs in this gallery were taken on excursions to places off the beaten track. In locations such as the Scottish Highlands, local animal life in our woods and hedges is full of variety and colour and the natural light is more perfect than any that could be added artificially to a photograph. There, nature speaks for itself and it can take your breath away.


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BIRDS


The natural habitat of a life with wings comes to the for in this gallery. From visits to the Farne Islands in Northumberland to Gigrim Farm in Wales, it was and is a particular joy and challenge to capture birds in flight. They are swift and graceful creatures who disappear in the blink of an eye and I was grateful that my eyes and my camera were quick enough to match them in order to document and understand the gloriously complex patterns of flight they demonstrate with such ease.


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PRIMATES


On my travels, I have found primates to be the most entertaining species encountered through the lens. To date I have only been able to witness them in captivity; it is a wonderful experience to spend time observing their bestial form of humanity and the particular way in which primates live, work and play together in groups and how gentle and protective they show themselves to be with their young. It remains a dream of mine to witness this behaviour and much more someday in the wild.


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PETS


Domestic creatures are never just animals, they are part of the family in which they live and that produces an entirely new dynamic to their presentation in photographs. Spending a day with them, it is so much fun to capture anything from a relaxing daily dog walk with man's best friend to the hectic life of a cat, always on the move, chasing a spot of light on the living room wall. The opportunity to create pet photo albums for their owners is a fantastic way of keeping the memories of these faithful creatures alive forever.


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FLOWERS


We couldn't possibly have fauna without flora. Horticulture is the photographers friend and I have spent many happy hours in times past finding the most silently beautiful shots of various genus of flower. Nowadays, I tend to find myself focussing more on the animal side of my photography, but it is a genre I would love to return to. I have enjoyed experimenting with both reflection and once again forays into the darker background, using a macro lens and stacking techniques to optimise the most minute detail in these delicate blooms.


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