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Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better – Albert Einstein…
My Change In My Photographic Genre & Were I Am At Now…
Unfortunately l have had to change the genre of my photography due to health issues.
Not wishing to be a defeatist, I was not prepared to give in to my issues and let my photography go.
I therefore had to agree with myself on what to do next in my photography and experiences. Oh well here goes;
My decision was to choose that of “Creative Fine Art” work. This would create new challenges for me, not only in my photography, but also in my “post production”.
The majority of this work would come from flowers, stone, rock, slate and things l have collected on my travels etc. Of course this would all be worked in my new creative studio, followed by my digital dark room.
My studio was originally a garage, built onto the side of the house many years ago, the back half was converted to a utility room adjacent to the kitchen. You’ve guess it, l claimed the front half as a boot room and for my camera gear etc. Now my studio.
“Creative Fine Art” can involve both studio and outdoor subjects/photography, as well as the studio, as well as increasing the knowledge and understanding of the software packages, post-production facilities and technics.
My recently built and fully equipped studio is now coming into its own.
“My equipment”. Has it changed, l hear you ask? Yes!!
Following a great deal of research and consideration of what to do, I decided to change all together from Canon to Sony. There where various reasons for this, but l had to consistently consider my future and my health.
The studio is fully equipped with various types of lighting, from the ‘Bowen Streamlite” system to the Manfrotto macro lighting system complete with the Novoflex scaffolding system.
Hopefully the above will go some way to explaining my reasons for changing my genre, down sizing my gear and workload.
My Professional Photography
January 2002 arrived, along with a big bang of reality, my launch in to becoming a “Professional Natural History & Wildlife Photographer”. l now had to construct a plan of action for my first year, this would include; visiting my new agency OSF, creating a number of locations to visit and at the right time of the species year. Some of the locations included where: The Scottish Cairngorms, The Yorkshire Moors, North Wales, The Farne Islands, Donna Nook Grey Seal Coloney, plus many many more.
The year that followed was an extremely busy one, and also involved in spending plenty of money. l just never realised what l would have to spend out on in my first, this include expanding my gear and office facilities.
As time went on and “OSF” did me proud l expanded my foreign visits including Germany, Holland, Zambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe just to mention but a few.
In addition to above mentioned foreign locations there was “The Falkland Islands”, my first visit was for two weeks plus a week in Chile. The bonus on this visit was it was totally free of charge, this was owing to the fact that l had won first prize in an International Wildlife Competition. It was amazing, it was awesome!!!
After working as a “professional natural history and wildlife photographer” for two years and because of the many locations l had been fortunate enough to visit, l had managed to create an exciting, evocative and stunning collection of images. In fact at the last count this was in excess of 31,500 images. A great number of these are already registered with some of the stock image agents who are representing me and my work.
I have also created a number of galleries here on my website for you to view. If you do not see exactly what you want, please feel to contact me directly and l will either construct a lightbox for you to view or put you in touch with one or more of my agents..
Deciding to Work Semi-Pro
Not having been down this road before, but thinking that it can’t be all that different from the music industry, being creative, handling sales and/or royalties. Having worked for the past 30plus years in the music industry l decided to have a go. My first challenge was to obtain a “stock agency” to represent my work. It took quite a few applications and then l made a submission to an internationally recognised agency who specialised exclusively in the subjects and species of the natural world and included clients such as the BBC, as well as major book publishers, film studios and TV companies. This company was called “Oxford Scientific Films” (OSF).
Following my first submission of 100 images, which was approved by “OSF”.
Two days before Christmas 2001 l received a phone call from the picture director of OSF who announced that OSF were offering me a contract without any question. Following a lengthy chat he promised me the official contract would be with me no later than mid January 2002. Christmas was a very happy one…..
Mid January 2002 the contracts where signed by OSF and l, while at the same time OSF requested an urgent submission of a further 150 pictures for a specific client. Now l had to wait.
My Photography & How l Got Started
By now you may have already gathered that it is my love to study and absorb the species/subjects of the natural world, this sometimes includes a bonus, which is being able to record a moment in time, by capturing the photograph.
l became my interest in photography during 1988 when l was working in London and my wife suggested l should have hobby, with that she showed me an advert about “The St Helens Camera Club”. I joined and have been there ever since!!
During the years that followed and from that day to this l continue to attend, contribute and support the club wherever possible.
“The St Helens Camera Club” is one of the oldest and most well respected club in the land, with members ranging from pure beginners to full time professionals, some of which hold nationally and internationally respected accreditations.
After approximately ten years of entering competitions at all levels and achieving photographic accreditations from both the “Royal Photographic Society” and the “Photographic Alliance of Great Britain”. My time with the club had allowed me to build an excellent catalogue of pictures.
My next question was; are my pictures good enough in both quality and commercial value to market and make me some money?
It’s worth a try l thought, l’ll have a go…
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