Photographing our natural world
"Nature and science are so complementary to my love of the outdoors. I have an insatiable appetite for facts, placing as much importance on their discovery and exploration as to my right to interpret and express my ideas about them.
So much so, my entire digital photography collection is maintained as unaltered raw data, straight from the camera sensor.
I render my nature photographs for varying purposes, especially for maximum pictorial effect and as factual evidence. These have totally different requirements.
If my work is to be used as factual evidence, it must be beyond question. Some publishers, law courts, exhibitions, competitions, etc. do demand this which I respect Such requirements can be met without hesitation as I can output any image in my digital or film collection in it's truest captured form.
When manipulation is necessary to best illustrate factual content, I like to declare and explain my purpose and methods.
For general viewing, or pictorial use, such as on this website, I prefer to 'enhance' my photography to ease and please the eye. I am very comfortable about improving how facts are illustrated and understood.
Viewing and emotional experiences can be very important to truly appreciate any subject.
In any case I take great care not to alter the form or integrity of my nature subject matter, except to remove minor imperfections such as sensor dust and other distractions. I may make adjustments for clarity and sharpness as well as tone and colour to best reflect the subject and my observations.
I am very divided about altering non-subject matter such as foregrounds and backgrounds.
For authenticity, I resist altering their form preferring to neutralise distracting tones or colours - more so if detail-less. I will even avoid this if authenticity is at risk.
Ideally, I should uphold my freedom and ability to render any image, in any appropriate way I wish to consider. This may be for any purpose ranging from testimonial evidence to wild abstract expression. No subject should ever be too sacrosanct for my best intentions.
I am totally unconcerned about my integrity being questioned, especially for the way images are made and manipulated. My photography and computer editing work have been successfully used as court evidence and for museum exhibition.
I believe my statement as a key witness stands above all.
This section is intended for enlightenment and viewing enjoyment. Please take each photo, case-by-case, for it's intended purpose.
Many are 'optimised', some with more than just a little emotional touch.
This is the way I see our natural world."