In drafting my Critical Review of Practice (CRoP) I had cause to think about my beginnings on the course. I was a wildlife photographer through and through. I had travelled the world to five continents and captured some of the most beautiful animals from across the globe. In doing so, I had been chased by elephants and buffalos, touched by the hand of a gorilla and attacked by the Tiger Leeches of Borneo. I had viewed a polar bear and her two cubs across a four-foot high fence while camping on Hudson Bay and spent hours observing an orang-utan’s fight to save her dying offspring.
Even before the MA, I realised that my work went beyond the record shot and even then, without the informed position and understanding about my photographic practice I now have, I knew my work was different and whilst my voice in wildlife photography was not mature I was looking to enter the world behind the eyes of the animal. True, I had started taking candid portraits and some gained international acclaim but as my work developed I starting capturing animals within their environment.
In 2017, I returned to Antarctica via the Falkland Islands and South Georgia spending three weeks photographing the Southern Ocean’s unique wildlife:
These were the type of shots I was taking before I started the MA. What a journey! I look forward to renewing my wildlife work from a very different perspective!