Ethos and mission statement - Etienne Littlefair

Ethos and mission statement

Our mission is to photograph and display images of wildlife to raise general awareness of less well known, under-appreciated species, in doing so we hope to fuel a nature conservation ethos amongst  viewers - it is hard to love and protect things that we don't know. 

Our favourite images and the hardest ones to capture are those that display animals engaging in behaviour such as predation events, courtship, drinking, or displaying inquisitiveness. As such we always make attempts to minimise disturbance to subjects. The exception is for nocturnal photography, during this pursuit it is necessary both to approach subjects closely, and use artificial lighting, all of which undoubtedly cause some level of disturbance and probably distress to subjects. To minimise our impact on populations or individual animals we  make an effort to carry out most of this type of photography in very remote areas where subjects are unlikely to ever come into contact with another human being, let alone one with a load of flashguns and torches!

All of our daytime images are captured with natural light, sometimes with the aid of diffusion or reflectors. For images capture at night, lighting is created through a combination of flashguns and 'painting' with a torch. For most of our images we simply try to light subjects to appear as faithfully to the real thing as possible. On occasion for very special subjects we  attempt to manipulate lighting to emphasise character or a particular behaviour of a subject.

My goal for the coming months is to diversify into shooting a wider variety of species and habitats from new perspectives. Split-level or over-under photographs feature heavily in our near term plans, as do two of our local macropod species, agile wallabies and antilopine wallaroos.       


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