The world is saturated with images, saturated with photographs, saturated with photographs of birds and wildlife. But a good deal of bird and wildlife photography is merely literal and representational. ‘This is what this creature looks like,’ it says. The more interesting work, I think, looks at creatures in their natural settings, or at behaviours. In these images, I am exploring something else. How does one photograph an egret, a spoonbill or kingfisher, an ordinary Cape Weaver, in a way that is aesthetically satisfying, that conveys feeling and emotion, that invites the viewer to contemplate what it is that he or she is looking at, and not merely observe and catalogue?
I have been taking photographs almost as long as I can remember. My first camera was an old box Brownie. I might have been six or seven. I don’t think the camera worked, but I could look through its cloudy round eye and see foggy images, and I was hooked. One birthday I was given a Kodak Instamatic and a few cartridges of film. The film was soon used up but I took pretend photographs anyway. In my teens I graduated to my grandad’s 35mm Voigtlander, and when I was in my twenties, I bought a Nikon FM, a lovely camera. My photographs, unsurprisingly, were of family and friends, sunsets and landscapes. Then I built myself a darkroom, and started developing my film and printing my images. That short-lived period of creativity was overtaken by children and career, and it was back to the family and travel photographs. Now, finally, nearing retirement, I have rediscovered my joy in photography, and I have the space and mind to try capturing not only what I see but what I think and feel. It’s a good place to be, and I look forward to continuing the journey.
Web site: https://www.glenfisher.photography