I am really excited to have the release of Fragile - my latest book later this month.
It has been 4 years of work, covering every continent on the planet and over 25 countries. The book is about discovering the incredible beauty of the our planet, the adventure of visiting some of the worlds most remote locations and the inspiration that comes from experiencing these untouched wilderness areas.
During this time I have spent time alone in Antarctica, lived with the Masai in Africa and climbed high in the Andes. The people I have meet and the amazing beauty I experienced all have one thing in common - Fragile. These locations are delicately balanced and the challenge is to see what this generation does to ensure we leave a positive legacy for the next generation. Climate change and ever growing industrialisation are impacting our planet at an alarming rate, Fragile will highlight what the planet is supposed to look like, beautiful, inspiring and untouched.
I hope you get a chance to check out the book.
The alarm sounds it 4am, I its an effort to get up, I am really tired, I get dressed, grab my camera gear and start the 4 mile trek along the beach. The first sign of light is staring to appearing. I set up my gear The next 30 minutes are breath taking and a reminder to me that there is no prize for staying in bed.
I spend my life chasing colours. I travel to the most remote parts of the world, searching for the right light, at the right time to capture some incredible moments. Photography is about light— it is the critical elements that makes the difference between the ordinary and something special. The perfect light often only lasts a few minutes, or at times, just a few seconds. This can mean I have long periods of preparation and waiting, followed by a few incredible moments of inspiration.
I spend my life traveling to the most remote and unique locations on the planet. I have been fortunate enough to travel to every continent including Antarctica. No matter where I go I am always impacted by the fragile nature of nature itself. The delicate balance of the environment we live in, which is so easily impacted by changes in the weather, climate change or by the impact we have as we continue to consume, build at an alarming rate.
There are areas I visited only 20 years ago that are now very different today, coastal erosion, natural disasters, man made development or progress. A combination of these factors have left an irreversible mark on some of the most unique and beautiful parts of our world. As photographers we have a responsibility to highlight the amazing beauty that we find in nature, to share it and leave it untouched for the next generation. If I can encourage you to be a champion for the planet, to photograph responsibly leaving no trace, only adding a great image that will highlight your work and our amazing environment.
Fragile is also how I see the challenge of capturing a special image, the challenge of capturing the right location at the right time with the right light and in the right season. It requires so many elements to come together to create a truly special moment and image, that I can only describe these few moneys in a year as both fragile and precious. Great planning helps, it put me in the right place in the right season, but it has little impact on great light, this key ingredient has little to do with my ability or planning, I can only add my patience and some good luck.
I love what I do and the special moments that make up another year, I hope and pray that 2015 is a special year for you. That you get to experience more of our planets fragile beauty and just maybe capture a few very special moments for the rest of us to enjoy.