I decided to go to the Natural History Museum to the Wildlife photographer of the year exhibition. First of all I am passionate about photography, I love the idea of capturing a moment and communicating emotions with it. I was impressed with the way the exhibition was displayed. The lightning of the exhibit was spot on, it allowed the viewers to enjoy each image and observe an amazing amount of detail.
The entire exhibition seemed like a show, I felt immerse in most of the images and for a moment I could transport myself to that precise instant but I couldn’t imagine what the photographer was feeling, the images were simply too powerful that they seemed even unrealistic. Those shots took so much effort, patience and planning that it seems crazy to think that someone would make all that effort for the ‘perfect shot’. It is totally worth it though, It doesn’t only capture an image, but an experience. The show had great variety, from landscapes, to fauna, flora and even time-lapse pieces of art. The images really showed a story, they all had a reason and I really enjoyed reading the information about each photo because this gave me a glimpse of what the photographer was going through while taking the photo. The photos followed a clear path and all together it was a journey, it was truly amazing, that it could seem surreal.
I was particularly impressed with the ‘First shots’ part of the exhibit. It contained images of young photographers between 10-17 years of age. It was a shame not to be able to take photos, but there was this image called “Winter Magic” by Etienne Francey that really caught my attention. It was a shot with a macro lens of a newly emerged snowdrop flower, but what I really liked was the way the photographer interfere with the shot. She sprayed water, to make the blurry areas more blurry and thus create a sublime, sort of mystic atmosphere from my point of view. I loved the combination of colours of the shot, it was so cold in blues and purples but yet so warm and promising because of the tiny orange light coming from the left corner. It was so magical, but yet so real. I thought it was very creative to try and enhance the background of the photo. Although, this wasn’t the main aspect of the shot, for me it was the most appealing of all, it was playful and intriguing at the same time.
Another photo that dragged me in, was ‘Inside Job’ by Charlie Hamilton. This photograph was impressive, it was shocking and it gave me goosebumps. It “captured and African vulture feeding scrum from its centre” My first though was how? how did he get a shot from the inside? How was the camera actually placed? Probably that is the success of the image, it shows such a different angle and perspective that its pretty much impossible not to be intrigued by it. I really liked the diagonal angle that added dynamism to the shot and the juxtaposition of colour, light and shadow from the sky and the inside of the animal. It was cruel and chaotic, but it really worked
Overall, I would highly recommend the exhibition, it opened my eyes to new aspects of the world we live in. Some things that are so obvios and happen all the time, but we don’t really realize, and this is what that make this place so amazing and unreal. It is a glimpse of the magic of nature and how everything works all together.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year (2015) Natural History Museum, London, 19 October 2015.