I remain undecided about whether to post images I made of my family – which means that my contributions will inevitably be critter-based for now. Not so bad in truth – as fauna and flora inspire me endlessly. Aha…so that’s what this week’s entry could be about…inspiration!
It is not unknown for me to be found sprawled on my front, a sheen of sweat glistening on my face in concentration, attempting to capture a nice, clean, interesting image of a lizard, a field mouse, or a bumblebee buzzing around a rosemary bush. I can now see how a hunter feels exhilarated by the kill. I choose to shoot my quarry with a long lens of course, instead of with a rifle. To follow the hunting analogy even further – my images can at times feel like much-prized trophies, to be admired over and over again.
The bonus of my form of capture lies in being able to return to the same place to recapture the same critter doing something new – over and over again. The result being that I feel like I build a relationship of sorts with my subject…though I doubt the lizard would say the same about me.
Reptiles most definitely do not hold the whole of my heart in their scaley little clawed hands. (funny…I love photographing lizards, but not snakes as much…wonder why) Most animals and insects interest me – as a child I would lie on my tummy in our garden path, observing the local ant colony industriously hurry to and from their underground nest. I’d place edible obstacles in their path to see if they’d accept my offerings in return for the intense scrutiny. I’d feel inordinately pleased if a morsel I’d given them was chosen to be dragged into their subterranean lair. Don’t possess any ant images though…no macro lens yet.
Part of what inspires me about photographing animals other than humans, is in the challenge. Like children, animals rarely follow orders. The challenge of capturing a visually pleasing image of a critter is satisfying. There is also an automatic spontaneity built into the image – the opposite of which is what makes a human being less than inspiring to shoot.
The incredible beauty and variety offered by mother nature compels to me commit their likeness to pixels. There are few things as beautiful as the face of baby white tiger miaowing for his lunch – like an overgrown housecat, sporting a fancy coat and vivid blue eyes!
What inspires you?
And now…for another baboon picture!