Art Wildlife Photography in Cutting Room

February 20, 2020 / Karin Bazarello /

INTERVIEW: GRAEME PURDY

Tell us your trajectory. How it all began?

I started my photographic journey in the modest school darkroom, a world away from the African plains where much of my time is now spent.
Born and raised in Northern Ireland, I’m now based in London, England. I’m an avid traveller and spend a lot of time in dusty airport lounges, racking up air miles and living out of a suitcase as I travel to locations around the globe photographing wildlife.I was first inspired to develop an interest in photography by my father and uncle. They both always had a camera in hand and I often performed the role of reluctant subject. As I grew up, I decided my preference was to be on the other side of the camera, pressing the shutter.For me, great images are always driven by going the extra mile. Looking at the world from a different perspective, not following the crowd. My ambition is to find fresh dimensions and new perspectives. I embrace and relish the challenge of doing things differently and of creating genuinely unique images.

Why wildlife photography? 

I photograph mostly wildlife because of the empathy I feel for these subjects and also my broader concern for wildlife conservation. I am passionate about nature and love the beauty of what the world has to offer and have spent decades studying and photographing wild animals. I believe you can only be good at something if you have a passion and motivation for what you are doing. Photographing wildlife is so rewarding and gives me so much in return. I gain infinite pleasure from the natural world and through my photography, aim to convey its intimacy, allure and raw beauty. I am grateful for every moment I spend in nature among wildlife.In today’s world, wild animals must compete with us and also struggle with the negative impacts we have on their environment.

 

“EIGHT FEET is my Graeme’s new book of fine art wildlife images.  As the title suggests all the images are taken from within eight feet of the subjects.  This ‘up close and personal’ imagery is both highly evocative and engaging as well as quite different to the traditional approach to wildlife photography.”

In that month you can check some pictures in the Cutting Room.


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