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A self taught wildlife photographer, aspiring wildlife cameraman, round the world yachtsman ( crew member of the yacht GROUP 4, one of 10 identical yacht's built for the 1992/3 British Steel Challenge Around The World race ), general lover of the mountains and oceans, travel bum and born again skier. Due to a difference of opinion with the head of my school, I decided my days of studying were about to come to an abrupt end, and whatever dreams I had for studying further ( would have loved to have studied marine biology or zoology ) were to be put on hold for a few decades, four and still counting !!!. However armed with a profund passion for the natural world, I am hoping to make up for lost time, by channeling all my efforts into wildlife and conservation filmaking in the hope of educating and therefore encouraging as many people as possible that much more needs to be done, very rapidly, in order to hopefully slow down the avalanche of misery we as a species are merrily inflicting on the planet and the plethora of other species we share it with. Far too many of us have forgotten it is the only one we have, the only one we will ever need, and only a huge effort and radical rethink where everyone, more so in the affluent west can make changes no matter how small, and therefore a difference, a radical overhaul is needed and it is needed......NOW !!
So with the prospects of furthering my education, slowly fading away...... I had a void to fill, travel filled that void. I was very fortunate to have made friends with the children of a Peruvian diplomat attending at my school, so my first port of call was Peru at the ripe age of 16. Sadly I failed to pick up a camera and record many of my earlier adventures. A few, but never serious foray's into photograpy came and went, including winning an award for best wildlife image taken during the above mentioned yacht race.
Despite the prize, it was not until 1997 that my interest in wildlife photography began in earnest. It was purely by chance when I was channel hopping the TV, and happened upon a wildlife documentary that had just was just starting, titled "Puma Lion Of The Andes" shot and edited by the veteran cameraman Hugh Miles. Within a minute of watching the opening scenes, I sat transfixed, listening to his calm voice as he informs the viewer that this beautiful wild Patagonian Puma in his viewfinder, was probably a young female and how he hoped she would become the subject of this never before attempted goal, to follow and film a period in the life of a totally wild Mountian Lion.
I was, to put it mildly, blown away by what was unfurling on the screen, and before I was 5 minutes into the documentary, I had already made up my mind where I would soon be heading, Torres del Paine National Park. Only 5 weeks later I arrived in Patagonia where I set about walking around this jaw droppingly beautiful mountain massif covering over 500,000 acres. I was totally hooked, and 3 months later on my return to London, I set about selling my flat in Chelsea, filled my Land Rover defendeer full of gear, and set sail on the Grande America container ship, destination Buenos Aires, Argentina. A leisurely drive west to the Andes, whose spine forms the long long border with neighbouring Chile, where I rested up in Bariloche,climbed a few mountains, then turned left and headed south down route 40, all the way to heaven !! I would end up spending a total of 3 years in the park between 1998-2003, and am now planning to return in April 2018, when I will begin filming the winter sequences for my own film about the wildlife and scenery of this stunning mountain massif, with the main empahsis being a year in the life of the regions most elusive predator the Puma.
I am currently based in the UK, but spent the winters of 2015 /2016 living in Chamonix, Mt blanc, where on my days off, apart from brushing up on my skiing, after snowboarding for 20 years, I spent some of my free time working on a filming project on Bearded Vulture's or Lammergeier's, that have successfuly been reintroduced to the Alps in France, Italy, Switzerland, and Austria, after they were wiped out by, yes you guessed correctly, us.
Between 2003 and 2015 I lived in Andalucia, Spain, which happens to be home to the world's rarest species of wild feline the Iberian Lynx ( Lynx pardel ) as well as huge amounts of birds of prey, so with this plethora of species virtually in my back garden, I began to practice and hone my filmmaking skills, as my desire to move into documentary film making grew. This included 14 weeks last summer in the region of Andujar NP, where the last viable population of the Iberian Lynx can be found, I slept on a matress in the seatless rear of my Toyota Previa, and managed to film the Lynx on 5 occasions, totalling about 12 minutes of rushes. It was never going to be easy as individuals without the backing of a production company are not able to gain access to the people who are in charge of the Lynx monitoring program, that have a number of the species collared and therefore trackable 24/7. I am currently approaching wildlife production companies in the hope of piqueing interest for a co-produced effort for the near future.
Some of my stills and video clips has been donated to Akive.org, which was set up as a not for profit initiative, to bring together under one roof audio, stills and film of the worlds endangered species, as a free resource to all, to be used for research and education and preservation for future generations. I am represented by the the Dutch image library, Natureinstock.com, as well as Alamy.com holding some of my stills. Naturefootage.com has a number of my video clips available on their website. This website is a showcase with some links to footage on my Youtube channel Wildaslife Nature Films. I will of course be adding fresh stock images and footage as when I shoot it.
Please feel free to email or call me if you have any inquiries or questions about my images, my future filming projects as I am always happy to chat and help in anyway I can.
"If you live according to the dictates of nature,
you will never be poor; if according to the notions of man,
you will never be rich".