You may have guessed by now that I am partial to photography. It’s true; I love photographic images of all kinds. I tend to focus primarily on nature as that is what inspires me, although superb architecture and character-filled faces will also get me grabbing for my camera post-haste. However, the most satisfying photographic endeavour for me is the attempt to capture images of wildlife. It is also the most time-consuming. There is no rushing this type of photography; it requires a stillness, both inner and outer, the patience of a saint and above all, the willingness to fail. There are no guarantees; it is possible, and often probable, that you will spend hours upon hours waiting, watching, willing and come away with nothing to show for your time other than glimpses of shots that might have been. It is character building on a monumental level.
The greatest joy is when you feel the click of the camera at exactly the right moment, and you know, you just know, that you’ve captured something really special. I had one of those moments this weekend with the bottom image in this post. It doesn’t have to be special to everyone, what matters is that it’s special to you. One of my favourite quotes about photography is attributed to David Alan Harvey. “Don’t shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like.” You’re the photographer; you are there in the moment; you know what it feels like.
When I’m photographing wildlife I try to capture images that either suggest the personality of the subject or tell a story in a single moment. My other favourite quote about photography is attributed to Henri Cartier-Bresson. “Of course it’s all luck.” Here are a few images I was lucky enough to capture yesterday at Pelham Bay.