The call of the wild beckons here at the edge of the south-western tip of Africa. I blog about urban wildlife and the beautiful surrounds of the Cape Peninsula, where Cape Town is sited. I live at the southern end, away from the hectic rush of the city. Here the pace of life is slower and rich within nature’s natural rhythms.
Drawn to capturing the connection between landscapes and wildlife, I find conservation issues arising: the insiduous creep of urbanisation and the effect altered landscapes have on man and animal. On one hand we seek connection with the mystery and freedom of the natural world, yet we continually strive to tame the wild around us.
There’s a growing awareness of the impact that our urbanising planet has on wilderness areas: the loss of species and their habitat. Human intrusion into wild regions becomes ever more invasive. Yet the creatures which adapt to these altered landscapes should surely be seen in a new light, survivors of a brutal ongoing natural history. Living on the urban edge I’m very aware of the ‘interface’ zone and the fragility and adapation of the creatures on the fringe.
I hope to raise awareness of the ‘urban wild’ through my photos. In 2011 I held a photographic exhibition titled “Wild Within” at the Casa Labia Art Gallery, which reflected the impact humans have on baboons and the complex issues around human/baboon conflict.
The craft of photography is an evolving journey for me: I learned the basics attending the London School of Photography under the excellent tutelage of – Luciana Franzolin and i continue to attend workshops in Cape Town on various photographic aspects.
I have also attended several lectures at Nikon Training in Kingston, London getting to grips with the technical aspects of Nikon camera gear.
I hope you’ll join me by posting your comments and I’m equally curious to know of ‘backyard’ encounters in other parts of the world. Any feedback will be most appreciated 🙂
With warm wishes,