I have worked as a wildlife photographer for more years than I can remember. Over time, I continually assessed what I was doing and evolved to take a more reflective approach to my photography. I realized that there is a gap between fine art photography and editorial photography and I determined to try to eliminate it. I also perceived that fine art photography is almost entirely human-centric and that people have generally dismissed the possibility that wildlife photography can be fine art. This is the kind of challenge I relish in.
In photographing wild animals, I think I have one advantage over other fields of photography in that I sense authenticity in their personalities. To me, the mental state of a wild animal is neither covered by a mask that a human subject is tempted to wear nor adulterated by human influence that a captive animal acquires.
To lend voice to the mental state of a wild animal, I have established and invested heavily in an approach that is very personal. Hopefully, this makes my work inimitable.
I now employ black and white photography. Perhaps it emphasizes a wild animal’s mind more emphatically than color photography and also serves to create an atmospheric context. Perhaps, I am also expressing myself better. I don’t really know why but it works for me.