I am a Wildlife Photographer
Most people are underwhelmed when they hear of my chosen vocation, a "Wildlife Photographer". And I can understand why, after all, the majority of people on the planet have access to a device that takes photographs.
Since Kodak mass produced the first Brownie camera. People have fallen in love with picture taking devices. Capturing precious moments of their love ones and special occasions. The digital age has even made it easier to point and shoot and share a photo in a blink of an eye. It has become easy to take photographs.
If everyone takes Photographs. What is the difference between them and a Photographer?
It's a simple enough explanation.
"Photographers create not snap photographs"
Photographers have to be technologically minded yet artistic as they peer through a viewfinder. They compose artfully with their minds eye, yet their fingers move dials, buttons, levers with fluidity to ensure a perfect technically but artistically created photograph. Whilst at the same time being aware to any change in their surroundings.
Photography is a learnt craft, it takes years and years of patience, practice, learning, total dedication. With no guarantee of success.
Wildlife photography is a way of life
A Wildlife photographer dedicates their life to photography. Through photography they have become keen observers of life. The ability to recognise body language of people or animals. They have heightened awareness of their surroundings, and are constantly looking for photographs. Photography has allowed them to view the world in an unique way. The world has become a canvas of colour, shapes, lines, form and texture. When they haven't a camera in their hand, they are reading, learning, browsing, editing, talking, sharing, dreaming about photography.