Landscape photographs typically capture the presence of nature but can
also focus on man made features or disturbances of landscapes.
What feeds my heart and my art are the untouched, open spaces in nature.
These are places where I find respite and restoration and feels connected to something larger than myself. The open space that encourages me to breathe deeply, look closely and listen intently to the roar of the ocean or the silence of the forest; the natural landscapes that speak of ever changing seasons and reminds me of our own cycles that are part of this ongoing, remarkable transformation.
I seek places like this every day as I hike our coast line and mountain trails, capturing photographs of our beautiful British Columbia terrain and bringing them back to my studio as inspiration for my art.
It is my hope that these images will carry you away for a time… and in that moment, you will catch a glimpse of the mystery and magic and peace inside yourself.
Wildlife photography in BC is a genre of photography concerned with documenting
various forms of wildlife in their natural habitat.
As well as requiring photography skills, wildlife photographers may need field
craft skills. For example, some animals are difficult to approach and thus a
knowledge of the animal's behavior is needed in order to be able to predict
its actions. Photographing some species may require stalking skills or the
use of a hide/blind for concealment.
While wildlife photographs can be taken using basic equipment,
successful photography of some types of wildlife requires specialist
equipment, such as macro lenses for insects, long focal length lenses
for birds and underwater cameras for marine life. However, a great
wildlife photograph can also be the result of being in the right place
at the right time and often involves a good understanding of animal
behavior in order to anticipate interesting situations to capture in
In the early days of photography, it was difficult to get a photograph
of wildlife due to slow lenses and the low sensitivity of
photographic media. Earlier photos of animals were usually pets,
stuffed, and zoo animals. These included photos of lion cubs taken
at the Bristol zoo
in 1854 and in 1864, photos of the last Quagga by Frank Hayes. Wildlife
photography gained more traction when faster photography emulsions
and quicker shutters came in the 1880s. Developments like these lead
to photos such as the ones taken by German Ottomar Anschutz in 1884,
the first shots of wild birds in action. In July 1906, National Geographic
published its first wildlife photos. The photos were taken by George Shiras III,
a U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania. Some of his photos were taken with
the first wire-tripped camera.
B.C. CANADA LANDSCAPES:
Landscape photography in BC shows our spaces within the world, sometimes vast and unending, but other times microscopic. Landscape photographs typically capture the presence of nature but can also focus on man-made features or disturbances of landscapes.
Landscape photography is done for a variety of reasons. Perhaps the most common is to recall a personal observation or experience while in the outdoors, especially when traveling. Others pursue it particularly as an outdoor lifestyle, to be involved with nature and the elements, some as an escape from the artificial world.
Many B.C. landscape photographs show little or no human activity and are created in the pursuit of a pure, unsullied depiction of nature, devoid of human influence — instead featuring subjects such as strongly defined land forms, weather, and ambient light. As with most forms of art, the definition of a landscape photograph is broad and may include rural or urban settings, industrial areas or nature photography.