I have always felt the most at peace when surrounded by the sights and sounds of the natural world. John Muir wrote beautifully of this sentiment many years ago :

“In God's wildness lies the hope of the world - the great fresh unblighted, unredeemed wilderness. The galling harness of civilization drops off and wounds heal ere we are aware.” - John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir, (1938), page 317.

The healing affect of the wilderness that Muir speaks so eloquently about, and that I find such solace in, is a large part of my thought process as I take my landscape photography. To be successful, I know that I will need an emotional attachment to whatever I am pointing my camera towards. If I cannot feel a connection, I have learned that I will likely not produce an image that I am satisfied with.

The same can be said for my wildlife photography. I have a deep appreciation of animals and see them as sentient beings of great dignity, worthy of our respect, and for that matter, our protection. Therefore, I believe that the most effective wildlife photography illuminates the animal within. I attempt to do that by looking for telling expressions as well as by photographing in environments that tell a story about the animals life.

I don't photograph people nearly as often as I do animals but I still look for emotion and interactions that tell a story. As time goes on I would like to concentrate more on this underrepresented portion of my photography.

Richard Badger