It’s easy to get bogged down in front of the computer and forget why you do what you do, get complacent and lose that drive and excitement to make the most out of a career (or hobby) in Nature Photography.
For me Photography is not just a job it’s a lifestyle, it’s a way of doing what I love, being outdoors and being around my family at the same time. To make the most of this lifestyle it’s important to remember why we do the things we do when the computer’s are crashing or the clients aren’t paying bills (not that we have any of those).
So when you need a bit of inspiration where do you turn?
Personally I look at the photographers I revere, their images and lifestyles and that refuels my dreams and reminds me why I love my job. Without dreams what is the point, if we are not striving to achieve our goals and better ourselves then we’re going nowhere and getting lost on the way.
The first photographer who I look to for inspiration is Jim Brandenburg. Jim is everything you could want in a nature photographer, his images are stunning, he lives in a beautiful wilderness, he’s surrounded by amazing wildlife, he’s dedicated to protecting the environment and (most importantly) he takes awesome pictures of wolves 🙂
Jim’s photography is simply astounding, and if I ever feel lost or unsure why I’m sat here blogging, tweeting and the like then going to his web site and browsing his gallery is enough to remind me why I’m here and to give me that boost to get out and explore new places to photograph myself.
As it happens my favourite animals are wolves, they are majestic and beautiful creatures, and Jim is the photographer that took one of my favourite photographs ever “Brother Wolf”. I have a print of “Brother Wolf” hung up in my home and one day I would love to have a big canvas hung in its place, maybe next to one of my own wolf pictures 😎 I have included a small copy of “Brother Wolf”, click on it to visit Jim’s web site scroll left to Jim’s favourites and click on the image to see a larger version. I’m happy to see that Jim agrees with me about “Brother Wolf” being a favourite 😀
The other thing about Jim Brandenburg that I love is his home “Ravenwood”, apparently it started life as a log cabin atop a waterfall but has since been extensively extended into an award winning eco-friendly forest palace by architect David Salmela, you really have to see it to believe it. Now that is a home I could live in 😎
Click here for more information, images and a slideshow of Jim’s Northwood home “Ravenwood”
Finally I have to mention Jim’s “Brandenburg Prairie Foundation” which he founded in 1999 to help promote, preserve and expand the native prairie in southwest Minnesota. Click here for more information or to make a donation …
In upcoming posts I will discuss other Photographers that I find Inspiring, meanwhile feel free to let me know who (or what) inspires you to keep following your dreams?