Over the last year or so I’ve been making more of an effort to evolve my wildlife photography to show ‘the bigger picture’. I still like photographing portaits of wildlife and close-up abstracts but I find photographing a species in a more ‘contextual’ way to be a lot more interesting and rewarding.
Admittedly, when I first took up wildlife photography I would have been unsure when somebody talked about more ‘context’. Maybe we all have our own take on it, so here are a few examples of what it means to me:
- Including a species’ habitat in the photograph;
- Showing how species interact with each other, or relationships between different species;
- The impact a species may have on its environment;
- How environmental pressures can impact on different species.
These are very ‘ecological’ examples but I also think there can be an aesthetic element too:
- Photographing a species against the backdrop of a landscape or an interesting sky;
- Including colour, a sunrise or sunset or a backdrop of autumnal colours, for example.
Below are a few examples of photographs where I have chosen to make the species quite small in the frame so I could include the drama of the sky, sometimes to show our largest mammals are dwarfed by their surroundings. Or, to include as much as I can of the stunning colours of a sunset…