Many of my wildlife images are taken in urban settings, so I don't make rigid delineations about location and habitat. Urban Wild Things
overlaps contextually with Bird Noir
, Bird Nation
, and Animalia
What distinguishes the Urban Wild Things
gallery from my other animal photos are the elements present in the compositions. The photos here contain wildlife with visible structural elements from their urban existence. Bird Noir
captures the starkness of white sky and winter images. Urban Wild Things
embraces all city and suburban constructs.
City images are inherently difficult to capture without the intrusion of wires, poles, vessels and signs that represent city living. The backgrounds are not always pristine. The perches aren't always natural. And the settings are sometimes harsh and industrial.
I personally love the eclectic nature of wild animals thriving in environments where we've done our best, either purposefully or inadvertently, to exclude them. It gives me hope to see wildlife creating viable niches in the areas where we've done our best to replace green space with concrete ... where, to quote Joni Mitchell, we 'paved paradise and put up a parking lot.'
I'm encouraged now that more and more, we lend a hand by building nesting platforms, nurturing eel grass and native wetlands, preserving a tree, or simply tolerating and appreciating the presence of wild animals as they struggle to exist among us.:: My Wildlife Photography Ethics