Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Nature & Nurture
Unique perspectives on outdoor photography and the importance of preserving our environment
Lest anyone think nature photography doesn’t happen without risks or obstacles, you might talk with Lynda Richardson. “I had to get rabies shots for a month after a bat bit me five times during a project in Ecuador,” recalls Richardson. “But it’s the people I’ve encountered that are more dangerous than the wildlife I’ve encountered. I was almost shot at a roadblock, nearly got stabbed by glue-sniffing thieves and had dinner with a couple of mercenaries. Oh, yeah, I drank with one of Idi Amin’s hired assassins.” Exciting stuff, eh?
Richardson’s entry into professional photography began in 1983 when she started photographing news events, politics and sports. “On weekends, I would photograph wildlife and nature,” says Richardson. “I would get my nature images on the AP wire, and some of those images would appear all over the country.” She soon discovered that while news photography satisfied her ego, it was wildlife photography that filled her heart. “I started full throttle at nature photography around 1985. All those years of Wild Kingdom and David Attenborough finally paid off.”
Richardson recognizes the challenges of the profession in today’s world. “The way to deal with the path this industry has taken is to stay on top of the trends and come up with something that sets you apart from everyone else,” she says. “You’ve got to really want it and be able to bear with criticism and rejection. Persistence and patience is the key.”
To see more of Lynda Richardson’s photography, visit www.lyndarichardsonsphotographyworkshops.com.
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