by Karen-Jane Dudley
by Karen-Jane Dudley
What right do we have to dominate, destroy, intimidate or disrespect nature? Our insistent push towards global domination will be our eventual downfall .Our demands on the natural world are taking their toll, for which we are now sadly all too aware of, Extinction levels are critical, each day we see the tragic loss of yet another specie its final fate to become yet another sad statistic on the lengthening list
As a wildlife photographer my role within the realms of nature is to visually demonstrate its beauty through the power of imagery, but how far do we enforce this role before we become intrusive?
Our quest for knowledge and understanding into the lives of the many stunning species that still grace this earth continues to grow in intensity with demands for photographic images that may inevitably become our only sad preservation of their existence, we can sit and do nothing or we can make a commitment to ensure that future generations will not have to witness the natural richness of our planet preserved only in the pages of a book
The answer is simple; it will come down to our individual conscience, what we take from nature we also need to give back,To earn a living from nature holds a magnitude of rewards and should never be influenced by material gain alone, the greater reward is priceless the wealth of pride at being granted time to become part of that world, it is vital we now address and correct our policy of regarding wildlife as a prized commodity for personal gain. Copyright laws protect our ownership of photographic images and privacy laws to stop personal intrusion, Why do we choose not to implement these laws for natures protection and privacy? If animal chooses to distance herself from the camera, who are we to demand she poses for the perfect image, she too has rights to privacy, we need to respect this fact, we do not own her. Our patience and understanding of wildlife should never be forgotten, allowing time for them to accept our presence with a gentle and sensitive approach, never crossing natural boundaries or using artificial means to entice for our own benefit, wildlife will never be dominated or respond to demands.
How do we reward nature?
In a world dominated by technology our insight into the natural world has taken on another dimension in our ability to explore deeper and examine more closely the complex world of the animal kingdom, but how can we utilize this advancement to also reward it? By giving nature her voice
Do not see me as a predator only,
Remember the camera will record natures messages, how we choose to decipher or interpret their messages only time will tell,
Think before you act, if you are in their domain act responsibly, never harass, corner or intimidate,
Give them time, space and respect,
An aggressive approach or act of intimidation to gain a photograph is not acceptable in our daily lives, why should wildlife be subject to this act , we do not own nature we are part of it
No matter how expensive the equipment, the camera is only the tool that records what we see, it is down to the individual photographers knowledge, patience and understanding of nature that will produce results that will cause little or no impact to our natural world
Remember do NOT TAKE photo's ..... Take NOTHING from nature ... simply choose to preserve its vision and beauty.
I have been asked on numerous occasions as to the most dangerous animal I have ever worked with ?? ....
It is a specie with the ability to protect and stem the flow of damage sadly being inflicted on the natural world .....A specie with the intelligence to take responsibility for its actions ... but it also has the ability to be the most dangerous too
That specie ??? .............My answer is a simple one ..HOMO SAPIEN