A story through my lens
Us as wildlife photographers absolutely love nature and are curios as to what beautiful things were put on this earth for our enjoyment.
When we see such amazing sights, it is a remarkable experience to be able to pay the picture from the human eye justice by photographing it with the right equipment to enjoy forever thereafter.
We however, do not want to keep these beautiful images to ourselves and want to share them with the world, to show them just how beautiful our planet is.
By so doing, we open ourselves up to either a lot of praise and respect but also sadly, to criticism.
Many people do not understand, that by taking pictures, we don’t necessarily support the situation in which our subject matter finds itself. We are merely taking pictures to capture the situation and moment, and in some way giving our subjects a voice, who cannot speak for themselves.
In some aspects, journalism and wildlife photography are succumb to the same criticism. Journalism may capture horrible images of death camps or the tragedies of war, likewise, wildlife photographers may capture beautiful lion cubs taken out of their natural habitat and being kept in captivity. Just by capturing these images, as horrific as they are, we are hoping to tell our subjects’ story, sharing their beauty and existence and somewhat invoke empathy with our viewers, rather than supporting the situation surrounding the image.
So I’ve made myself a promise, that every time I go out to photograph I will go out with that purpose and will not allow negative critics to take me away from my love of photography.
I just had to share my thought with you all and hope you enjoyed the read.
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