One thing that I find difficult to do while enjoying wildlife is not get emotionally attached.
If you have been following my blog for long enough now you will know that I do get emotionally attached and that when something happens to that animal I normally get upset.
My main inspiration for taking up wildlife photography was watching the DVD Halcyon River Diaries by Charlie Hamilton James.
During one of those episodes you see Charlie getting upset over a Kingfisher which had a broken wing and then later died. In another episode he is filming a family of ducks when one of the duckings becomes separated from its mother and the other ducklings. Charlie talks about the importance about not getting emotional attached, and as a wildlife photographer or film maker, not to get involved. However in the next scene he chases over the vegetable patch to help save the duckling.
This week, after the fox I had been following died, someone made a comment on social media ‘What about the ugly animals?’.
I don’t think attachment has anything to do with a animal being cute or ugly but how much you get to know that animal. If you follow an animal over a period of time, whether watching a butterfly or a ladybird for a few minutes or a badger or fox for years, as a wildlife photographer you become part of its life and it becomes part of yours, you watch its behaviour, learn a tiny amount about its struggles, overtime you learn its habits, its routine, you share events with it and you begin to love it. Then when something happens to that creature it is hard not to let it affect you.
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