Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Meet Your Neighbours: Niall Benvie and Clay Bolt's call for a worldwide documentation of species

Here is something interesting for you, especially if you are a local wildlife photographer like I was. I quote directly from Benvie's article on the Nature photographers website:

"Common neighbourhood plants and animals are usually overlooked and undervalued, yet they are most people’s first, sometimes only, point of contact with wild nature. They matter for that reason if no other. They can make us feel better, let us see ourselves in perspective.

We want people to sit up and take notice of these wild neighbours by presenting them as celebrities: photographed in the white field studio, in exquisite detail under beautiful lighting. And we need photographers around the world to partner with us in this effort."

Here's a link to the website: Go there and have a look at and then join in the effort!


clay bolt said...

Hi Natasha!

Thanks for posting about Meet Your Neighbours. May I suggest linking directly to our new website:

Kind Regards,
Clay Bolt

Natasha said...

Sure Clay, have done it now. Great effort I wish you the best with it!

molarbear's posts said...

Been following your blog for a while, and now it appears I've met a friend of yours here in St.Louis...Malvika Talwar! :) Hopefully, we'll be going birding together some time soon.

Thanks for this link, I'm headed there now!

-Deepa Mohan

Natasha said...

Hi Deepa,
Sorry I get a bit lazy about the blog these days. Malu wrote recently to tell me that she knew you too. :)
Did you go birding finally? Hope you like Mizzou.

Techuser said...

Its a great idea, nice post spreading that site :)

molarbear's posts said...

I'd like to join up for "Meet Your Neighbours"...but I have a few, I don't know how to photograph "local" flora and fauna only against a white background...and two, wouldn't doing that make it UNinteresting by removing the context?

Would like to have your views on this...

Natasha said...

Hi Molarbear,

I believe the website gives you pretty detailed explanations on how to set up to do the images.

Off course removing context makes it less contextual, but I don't know about uninteresting. I think the focus is shifted, to the animal very very sharply. In all its details, form, etc.