I’ve been spending a lot of time photographing alone of late. For the most part, I can live with it; it does as they say, go with the territory. But every now and then, it’s good to talk. And to listen. And to learn. I’ve always enjoyed the stories of other photographers, bringing to my attention new techniques, fresh ideas, innovative thinking. I take solace too, from learning that others share the frustrations I felt were uniquely mine.
We’re social animals at heart. Even the most independent of us need to talk, to listen, to learn. The Scottish Nature Photography Festival (SNPF) is coming up in September and if like me, you spend much of your photographic time alone, this is an opportunity to take knowledge and inspiration from some of the best photographers around. And just as importantly perhaps, to come together, to blether away to like-minded practitioners, who share your highs and lows in this, the most exhilarating and frustrating of all leisure pursuits.
Myself and colleagues at The Wild Media Foundation have been running SNPF for 3 years and this year’s line-up is mouth-watering. I’m not going to reveal too much about the content but if you’ve a passion for storytelling, for nature photography or even just for nature (without the photography), this is a mustn’t-miss event.
I’m not telling you this because I’m going to get rich on the back of SNPF. I recently met a group of Chinese photographers who, despite the language and cultural barriers, vividly conveyed their passion for conserving the natural world. In broken English we awkwardly addressed the pressing issues of the day and as we parted, one of them looked me in the eye and said: “It’s good to talk.” He’s right. He’s absolutely right and that’s why I think everyone who can, should come to SNPF. To get together, to be inspired but as much as anything, to talk. Talking about what matters to you can often make it matter to others.
It’s good to talk.
Get your tickets here.