“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is often said that patience is a virtue and this is certainly the case when it comes to wildlife photography. Getting the perfect shot requires an enormous amount of endurance, persistence and perseverance. Photographing animals is not quite as simple as shooting other subjects; you can’t ask them to move into position, look at the camera and pose when you are ready to capture that shot. Unfortunately, wildlife photography requires lengthy observation, often at a distance, and a lot of waiting around, perhaps in uncomfortable or even dangerous surroundings.
The aim of any good wildlife photographer should be to show animals as they really are, on their terms, in their natural environment, without disturbing their habitat or disrupting their routine in any way. Achieving this can require a photographer to spend hours, days or even months with their subject, getting them accustomed to their presence, waiting for them to overcome their initial fear and nervousness. Only then will they be able to capture intimate and compelling images that really depict the personality of the animal.
The images exhibited here are all reflections of the great lengths that our photographers have been to in order to capture their shots. Some have chosen to shoot the biggest creatures in the animal kingdom, others the smallest. Some have chosen the commonplace whilst other have focused on species that are endangered. Some have selected the most docile of animals, others the most dangerous. The beauty of this exhibition lies in its diversity.
Sylvia Adams, Monica Anantyowati, Richard Coles, Jon Colman, Ian Cook, Gary Dean, Len Deeley, Ann Dickson, Lana Gramlich, Sheila Haycox, Janette Hill, Leka Huie, Robin Lowry, Luisa Lynch, Stan Mace, Darren Nisbett, Johan J Ingles-Le Nobel, Natalia Okisheva, David Osborn, Micheil Page, Trish Rudduck, Maurice Schutgens, Sandy Scott, David Southern, Jethro Stamps, Sue Totham, Sandra Walmsley, Christine Willis, Stuart Yates