:: ENVIRONMENTAL PHOTOGRAPHYby Ingrid Taylar[full bio at my blog] A portion of all sales of my work is donated to wildlife and animal rescue groups. Proceeds currently benefit Mickacoo Pigeon & Dove Rescue.
I love photographing both the wild and the urban -- the visions and experiences that paint my world. I consider my photography environmental in the sense that my photos are situational, often but not always nature-oriented, and related to my whereabouts on any given day. At a young age, I saw the Aurora Borealis from a jet, and that set me up to expect outrageous phenomena from the sky and sand -- phenomena like thousands of tundra swans and snow geese brushing alabaster across the horizon . . . or a giant herd of elk grazing and bugling under Colorado snow drops . . . or the pulse of an orca pod stirring the waters beneath.:: BIO IN BRIEFI'm a researcher for a bestselling author and also a freelance writer. My volunteer work in wildlife rehabilitation fueled my passion for photography, and my method is self taught, an ongoing curriculum. My lifelong engagement with animals continues to form my creative and visual narrative. I've taken disaster relief training with Emergency Animal Rescue Services, trained as a volunteer rehabilitator at a Bay Area wildlife hospital, acquired Hazwoper certification to work with wildlife in oil spill events, and regularly take classes to enhance my skills and knowledge in a variety of areas. I'm also co-founder of The Wildlife Conservation Stamp Project, a grassroots endeavor to promote a birders' and photographers' stamp for our National Wildlife Refuges.:: MY METHODThe well-being of my animal subjects -- both wild and domestic -- is more important to me than any image. That principle guides my photography. You can read my more detailed philosophy here.My intent is to freeze a moment, a scene, an inspiration or an emotion in such a way that you might see what I saw in that blip of time and space. In the process, I hope to impart the animal's individuality and personality, while also stressing the importance of preserving and conserving a wild world where these animals can thrive.:: MY BLOGThe Wild Beat:: WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY ETHICSNorth American Nature Photography guidelinesI photograph with a telephoto lens (600mm equivalent, four-thirds Olympus system) and do my best not to disrupt natural behavior. My preferred method is to set up at a distance from the animals and remain as unobtrusive as possible. I watch for signs of agitation and back off if I see them. I am especially cautious about photographing young animals and nesting areas. I generally don’t do it because I’m concerned about interrupting feeding behavior or alerting predators to the nest area. There are certain situations — like Cliff Swallow colonies or Osprey nests -- where with adequate distance, the birds aren't generally disturbed by short-term presence. Again, I use my best judgment and err on the side of safety in all circumstances.Unless otherwise indicated, all of my photos are taken of animals in their natural habitats. If I photograph an animal in a captive setting (wildlife rehab facility, etc.) I indicate “captive” in the photo description. I do not bait or otherwise lure animals for photos with devices like audio recordings. Occasionally, I will take some images of songbirds in a home garden or park setting, near existing bird feeders and, if so, will indicate this in the caption.
- “When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.” ~ John Muir