Over the past decade - after more than forty-plus years shooting primarily in color for publications - I have steadily gravitated to black and white photography. This is my first public exhibit of that tonal work.
Photographing wildlife in black and white requires a discerning eye, one that looks for subtleties and nuance, the play of light and shadow, textures and tonality. I especially try to convey the emotionality and drama of my wildlife subjects and, on lucky days, a hint of their sentience.
As an ecologist, I try to help people better understand and respect our precious Earth, its people, animals and landscapes. In the process I have been chased by an African croc (they run faster than you think) and nearly bitten by a Galapagos sea lion (never get between a sea lion mom and her pup!). I have run from charging elephants and been surprised by a hunting lion. In Canada's Yukon wilderness I had an aggressive grizzly bear grab my tripod, drag it into the tundra and munch on it contentedly. But I still get a thrill from communing, even for a few brief seconds, with our wild animal neighbors.
The places I have been, the people I have met, the animals I have been blessed to observe have all touched me deeply. I hope my work will touch you, too, in some way.