What my eyes seek in these encounters is not just the beauty traditionally revered by wildlife photographers. The perfection I seek in my photographic composition is a means to show the strength and dignity of animals in nature.
I think a photograph, of whatever it might be a— landscape, a person— requires personal involvement. That means knowing your subject, not just snapping at what's in front of you.
I remain as curious and as excited about the world as I was when I started. I also have a strong sense of mission. I really believe that through my work I can contribute to a better understanding of the natural world. There's never been a greater urgency for us to increase our appreciation for the natural systems that support all life on the planet - including ourselves!
I feel that you can’t really understand the present, or project into the future, without an understanding of the past.
I don't think that the abundance of other media diminishes photography at all. In fact, in an age of visual noise, I think photographs have a distinct place as a contemplative interpretation of reality. If you can create a carefully executed image so that your understanding of the subject comes together with the ephemeral qualities of the moment, it can create something that has more resonance, and can be more enduring, than all those thousands of fleeting impressions!