'Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.'Albert Einstein
Thanks for visiting me here and viewing my work.
I am a nature lover. And I've also been an environmental campaigner for most of my professional life. But recently, the business of photography has jumped itself off the back seat and seems to be dictating where next.
Here are 3 main galleries that I've put together - Flowers, Wildlife and Earth&Water - as the structure of a photographic story that has given me real joy and new direction.
Even though our world's wild places, wildlife and natural systems are under threat from constant, copious pressures, there is a wealth of positive ways to reconnect with nature, draw energy from it and feel happier and more connected.
It starts at a simple level of seeing beauty in your surroundings, and being nourished by it. (You wouldn't imagine so, but a lot of these images are taken around London where I live, one of the world's most densely populated and polluted urban sprawls).
The coolest thing about nature photography is that it puts you in a mental state of searching for beauty. I want to tell the story of our beautiful world. Just how it appears to me. And I hope that will inspire others to help keep it that way. I plan to be a bridge with the conservation community. I'm hoping for ongoing, meaningful conversations rather than just welcoming you here to look passively at pictures for a few moments and then go away again. So I invite you to delve a little deeper and get active in the environmental recovery that the vast majority of us are quietly hoping and praying for.
Almost all of our wild flowers are becoming rarer, and our wildflower meadows have been steadily in decline. The 2014 State of Nature report found that 60 per cent of Britain's birds, animals, plants and insects are in decline.
One in five British wildflowers are in danger of disappearing. The loss of so many wildflowers is due to many of the recurrent causes of environmental harm such as intensive farming, pollution and urban sprawl. It's a shame on many levels; for the beauty and richness of our countryside,
but far more crucially for our native insects and butterflies who we rely on to pollinate much of our food.And the decline in the number of flowers has had knock-on effects for birds, mammals and amphibians which feed on insects or seeds.
Cut flowers add colour and beauty to any special occasion and are a time-honored way to say thank you or to transform living spaces. However, cut flowers have become a multi-billion dollar global industry with a not-so-pretty underbelly rooted in where and how they are grown.
With more than half of the world’s population living in cities, humans have lost touch with nature. The concrete jungle and the rat race suck up our time and energy; we feel stressed and anxious, and sense that our lives have lost meaning.
What is so evidently at risk is our connection with the natural world and its rhythms.
Today we don’t need to hunt or gather food for sustenance, work hard to build a shelter or collect wood for fire every other day in the winter.
We don’t need to protect ourselves or our food from predators. Our lives revolve around paying bills, buying things that mostly we don’t actually need, drinking to feel something and staring at computer screens. Our social interaction with others and with nature is under threat.
The Living Planet assessment, by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and WWF, published at the end of 2016, showed that global wildlife populations have fallen by 58% since 1970.
EARTH & WATER
"What is this life if full of care, we have no time to stand and stare?
No time to stand beneath the boughs, and stare as long as sheep, or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass, where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
No time to see, in broad daylight, streams full of stars, like skies at night.
No time to turn at Beauty’s glance, and watch her feet, how they can dance.
No time to wait till her mouth can, enrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this, if full of care, we have no time to stand and stare."
William Henry Davies 1871 – 1940