About the Book
Nature is all around us. We live within it, we are affected by it, we are a part of it. But how often do we really stop and look at it? From the beauty of tiny butterflies to the grandeur of the natural landscape, nature can uplift us and encourage us to learn more, to explore and to share the wonders that we have been privileged to uncover.
Photography provides us with the means to do all of these things, in a way that is accessible to young and old, fit and infirmed, enabling us to visit, at least in our minds, the beauty that we might otherwise never see.
This book contains over two hundred of the author's favourite natural history photographs, showing the wonder of nature in close-up as seen through the camera lens. Photographed "in the wild" and in the studio, these pictures provide a vivid record of the beauty of life at the small scale.
I have been an enthusiastic amateur photographer since my school days, and a keen club photographer for many of those years. I have spent most of my adult life working in Southampton and now in retirement in Gosport, both on the south coast of England. I have taken photographs of many subjects over the years, but I have always been interested in photographing in close-up the small things in nature that we usually only glance at in passing. if we see them at all. More recently I have become a keen bird photographer, which will be the subject of my next book. In 1988 I gained a Licentiateship in the Royal Photographic Society (LRPS) in the Nature Prints category. I progressed to the Associate level (ARPS) in 1994 with a panel of Pictorial slides. Finally, in 2000, I gained a Distinction in the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (DPAGB) with a panel of my prints.