moutain gorilla holidays PHOTOGRAPHY & WRITING BY IAN WOOD
What if our religion was all living things ?
If our practice was our life,
If prayer, our words.
What if our temple was the Earth,
If forests were our church,
If holy water the rivers, lakes, and ocean,
What if meditation was our relationships,
If our teacher was life,
If wisdom was self knowledge,
If love was at the centre of our being.
The finalists have just been announced for this year's Outdoor Photographer of the year award and I'm delighted to annouce that I have 3 images in the finals. The first 2 below are in the wildlife category and the 3rd is in the 'at the water's edge category'.
I'm pleased to announce that the photo below has now been made into a limiited edition print. There are just 50 that are numbered and signed and every penny of the retail price goes diectly to The Orangutan Foundatiion for their habitat enrichment program. I took this photo towards the end of my second Borneo fundrausing trip this October which we had to cut short by 1 day due to a forest fire in Tanjung Puting National Park. The rains have now arrived and the fire is out and tree planting is already underway to renew this vital orangutan habitat. It retails at £30 which will buy 15 trees in your name and is printed using high quality Giclee on matt. Size and and how to order will be announced next week.
Internet connection here is poor so I've just chosen my favourite photo from this trip for now which will be available in the near future as a limited edition print with the title 'The kiss'. I'm also pleased to announce that every penny from the sales of this print will be donated to the Orangutan Foundation. To read the trip report from my earlier Oct 2015 Borneo fundraising holiday please click here.
3rd to 10th October 2015 - Thanks to Sarah, Jackie, Caroline, Jim, Barry, Amanda and Sharon for making this trip so special. I have a week off in Sulawesi at the mo with very poor internet connection but I've managed to put a few photos from our week below (click on any image to view them larger). Together we raised another chunk of money for the Orangutan Foundation UK and were rewarded with some wonderful wildlife sightings all week. If you'd like to come on a future Borneo orangutan trip with me there's information about these tours here. There's also a couple of short Youtube clips below the photos from last year to show a glimpse of a typical day on these trips and a link here for a few more photos of baby orangutans.
Macro photography day, Sussex. Sunday 6th September 2015. Lullington Heath in the South Downs National park is the perfect place for macro photography with an incredible 20 species of butterfies recorded here along with a huge amount of other insect life. The group size will be small (max 4 people) to ensure there's plenty of time for personal advice to get the most out of your photography. £85 per person - to enquire please contact me here. There's more information about my other Sussex photography courses here and a few more macro photos here.
I'm pleased to announce that I received one of the runner up spots in this year's National Geographic Traveller magazine travel writing competition. There's a link to the article here.
There should be sunshine after rain, these things have always been the same so why worry now. Not only a great song but wise advice for photographers ? The weather has been mad here with a mixed bag of sun, rain, wind and hail so as soon as a storm looks as if it's peaking I've been out photographing. Here's three shots from the last week.
Thanks so much for the photos and feedback from my latest Sussex photography small group day and the previous one-on-one day. More info about future Sussex photography days are here.
"Thanks for an amazing day chasing clouds around the South Downs national park ! I'm really pleased with my photos from the day and feel inspired to get out there and take more now. Here's 2 of my favourite ones from our day together." Susan Brown"It was a real struggle to choose just two photos I liked best from the day - which I guess is a good thing ! It was great to experimient with different camera settings and invaluable to get feedback later when we went through them on the computer." Lisa Saw"What a great day yesterday! I learned so much and enjoyed every minute. I can't wait to get out with the camera again but have to cut the grass this afternoon first!" Patricia Pringle "Thank you so much for a very inspiring and enjoyable day. For me personally I felt I learnt a great deal just being out with my camera and making my own decisions but with your expert and patient help on hand." Sarah Cooper"Thank you for a great day on Saturday. I really enjoyed it and learnt so much. Im feeling inspired to do lots more photography now." Caroline Smithers
Thanks so much to Debbie, Ian, Phil, Dick and Sam for being such good fun on my latest Sussex photography day this weekend. There's a few shots from the day below. Congratulations to Phil for getting one of his shots from the day published on the BBC website ... there's a link to it here. If you'd like to come on a future Sussex photography workshop course there's more info on these here.