Conservation with a camera


Presented by Craig Jones

Subject: Wildlife
Day: Friday 18th Jan 2019
Time: 13.00 to 15.00 - Masterclass
Main Speaker Craig Jones in room : St Julian

The word conservation means many things to many different people, it brings to mind all sorts of thoughts when that word is mentioned. For me it means simply to care, to love and to protect wildlife. With minimal intervention twinned with a great respect for wildlife I use my camera as an extension of myself.

More importantly giving the subject I'm photographing a voice outside of where they live.

For me it doesn't really need a title because put plainly if you care about animals then you want to help them and care for them. It's something inside you that comes to the surface once you see an animal in pain or distress or you witness something you want to try and change and help with.

Putting together conservation and photography can be very powerful, combining these two elements they can have a profound impact that can move people to such a degree that change can and does happen.

Bringing together a deep empathy and love of the natural world alongside my camera skills I have been able to help many animals, helping to bring their plights to many members of the public that otherwise wouldn't know of what I have been privileged to see good or bad.

The resulting images have the power to bring about positive change while allowing those animals a voice further afield from that place where you captured their plight and story. From very early on in my career as a wildlife photographer I learnt the power of an image, I learnt it moved me and so I was sure it would move those that viewed the images too.

So from the start of my career I donated my photographs to charities in order for them to use, sell and help the plight of those animals I have a real fondness for. All living animals I deeply care about and anytime shared with them is so special to me.

Being allowed into a world we know little of is something that touches me greatly. Growing up I always helped any living creatures I could as I child I had built my own bird aviary and often neighbours would bring me birds to try and help and nurse them back to health or take them to a local rescue centre nearby.

I helped local rangers watching and reporting on a Little Owls nest and many other little projects I had throughout my early teens. This is where, without knowing my own conservation started.

Now as a wildlife photographer I try and help all animals with my images, telling the story behind the picture and more about where they live and how they live.

I have learnt over the years when faced seeing animals in stress or danger that I am able to turn that passion into a positive and use my heart and camera to photograph what I see despite the shocking scenes I have witnessed in my career with the many examples of sheer and pointless cruelty the human race is capable of.

Switching from my heart to my head I'm able to capture the true essence of the things I have and do witness. This wasn't planed, it wasn't taught, it comes from that true and powerful love for animals I had from a small child.

It embraces my own wonderful lesson about life and nature my late mother taught me. The power of caring for nature I learnt a long time ago, the power of photography I learnt in later life.

I now place these two together and fight for all wildlife in the best and only way I know how and that's through my work.Highlighting their plight, it educates people and brings a positive change to people's thoughts and practices.

I try and show not only the beauty of the natural world but also the suffering within that world and my hope within my own contribution to conservation is to give all those animals a true and meaningful voice around the world.

Even though I have to walk away from them I want my images to be a visual remember that they were never forgotten, and their plight wasn't ignored.

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Five reasons to attend this class:

I. Be Inspired by the beauty of the natural world.
2. Learn how to use your camera as an extension of yourself in the wild.
3. Work more ethically where the welfare of the subject is the most important thing.
4. Be a voice for the natural world and let your images speak for them.
5. Create a simple workflow that works in the theatre of wildlife.

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