Nature through a Lens

Nature through a Lens.

This is a post I was invited for the Nature’s Home blog and I wanted to share it here on my own blog too…


I work at the RSPB’s head office in the same team as the editor of Nature’s Home. A marketer by profession I’m also a blogger and semi-pro photographer in my spare time, and the two are more related than you might think. I photograph a lot of different things: landscapes, people, urban scenes, events and nature, so I couldn’t describe myself as a specialist in any one area, but my passion for nature photography has grown immensely since joining the RSPB. Before I came to The Lodge I was a hiker and outdoor enthusiast but someone with very little knowledge about birds and other wildlife. My wife still likes to joke about how proud I used to be of being able to identify a blackbird or a robin, and while that’s not the whole picture it certainly shows where I was coming from.

Caught black-birded

Since working for a conservation organisation, however, I’ve grown from someone with a general appreciation for the natural world into someone who rally believes in the cause of giving nature a home and who takes a much greater interest. Whilst someone like Mark is still clearly in a different league, my knowledge has deepened with my fascination.

A swan in gentle winter sunshine

That growing love and knowledge of nature has also grown in tandem with my photographic skills. The journey there, over the course of a few years, has been from an enthusiastic amateur to someone who now sells images and does commercial photo shoots. It’s all a lot more serious, but the photography and nature-love really go hand in hand. The more I get my hands on fantastic high-spec lens the more I want to capture the wildlife all around me, both on RSPB reserves and off. The more I capture the more I want to know about what it is on my screen. And the more I know, the more I want to capture.

Beautiful spring blossom

It’s a cycle of growth driven by a desire for excellence and maximum use of my ability. It’s no longer enough to get a distant snap of the birds on my garden feeder. Now my quest takes me to the cacophonous cliffs of Bempton Cliffs, a.k.a Seabird City, the gently sighing reed beds of Cambridgeshire at dusk and probing into the secret world of macro photography.

A feisty dispute between gannets on Bempton Cliffs

I look forward to further developments in this quest, never knowing where it might take me or what I might discover. It’s wonderful to reflect on how many passions and pursuits overlap with nature and how appreciation for the natural world can enrich and enhance our other interests, not to mention our own well-being. I hope that my images will inspire and delight others and help to engender both a love of nature and a resolve to protect it from growing threats.

Bath-time for this Spanish sparrow

Thanks for reading, and please do check out some of my work on my website: or my Facebook page:

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