I have been immensely fortunate to have been able to join my Dad on photography trips all around the world. Until around 2 years ago, I would simply treat these adventures as a safari, whilst hoping Dad got what he wanted. A couple of years ago, I started to use some of the cameras and take pictures on these trips. More recently, I have become increasingly passionate about Wildlife Photography and relish any single opportunity to photograph breathtaking animals.
In the summer of 2018 we embarked on our annual trip to River Creek in Alaska to photograph bears during the salmon run. We would take a sea plane every morning at 4am to where we thought the bears could be. In previous years we had been extremely lucky with the amount of bears we saw, however, this time it was different. We were told we were too early and that the salmon hadn't arrived yet. Due to this, our chances of seeing bears went from 95% to 5% very quickly. It had been a quiet few days and we were not even sure it was worth taking the plane on our last day. It was pouring with rain and we sat on the river bed for around 4 hours, just waiting. Suddenly a bear came out of the bushes and dashed into the water to catch a salmon. It really caught me by surprise but I followed it with my camera and just hoped that I could get some sort of shot. Later that day when we got back to our lodge, I looked to see if I got anything. I was very excited because although I had enjoyed taking photos in the past, before that day, I had never really taken anything that was worth showing anyone. I posted 'Rush' on my Instagram and uploaded it to the National Geographic 'Your Shot' website. Within a couple of weeks I received various messages asking if I was doing prints, this was incredibly exciting and flattering. I was also very grateful that it was voted 'Top Shot' on National Geographic.
Since the Alaska trip I have been to many extraordinary locations, continuing to try and take more photos that people would want to see. In my Half Term last year I visited Borneo to photograph Orangutans. I had the most amazing few days, every minute we spent taking pictures of these incredible animals was so special. Norway, Amboseli, Tanzania and India are some of the more recent trips.
One of the many extraordinary trips I have been lucky enough to go on was to photograph Tigers in Ranthambore, India during my Easter break of 2019. We spent a lot of the time driving around looking for the tigers, and for the most part we were not very successful. However, there was one occasion which we got extremely lucky. Throughout the week I struggled with their always being distractions in the backdrop of the frames, so to find a tiger sitting in a cave with its head popping out was a massive moment! Similarly to the bear image, this was another moment were patience is rewarded. It is most thrilling to know this image hangs in many homes in the UK and US.
In the Summer of 2019, Kunsthuizen Gallery in Amsterdam approached me about showing some of my photos in their Gallery and a premier in the AAF. I am extremely grateful to them for this opportunity and their faith in me.
I am excited to continue experiencing these trips and hopefully I can add to my portfolio whilst completing my A-Levels at school.
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