I have been going back over photos that I've shot over the past couple of years and rediscovered these I shot back in 2012. My wife and I had gone to Romford Dogs with some friends one evening and I couldn't resist the opportunity of taking my Canon EOS 5 35mm SLR along with me. Being a huge fan of Black & White I knew I wanted a high contrast emulsion and also wanted a fairly grainy one as that would lend itself to the subject. For me the ideal choice of film was Ilford HP5 ISO 400.
On the 18th November 2007 Marwell Zoo in Hampshire celebrated a rare birth, that or a female Amur Leopard cub. With less than 35 of these beautiful animals left in the wild this was clearly big news. It was perhaps even bigger news when on 29th February 2008 the zoo announced that the cub would be put into the Leopards area and be visible to visitors for the first time. Seeing this on the news we decided to take a trip to the zoo the next day.
I've been to Marwell several times before but it's always nice to revisit it and to try to get some more photos of the animals. How did I get on?
Following on from my recent trip to Marwell Zoo I recently visited Whipsnade Zoo which is part of the Zoological Society of London. Whipsnade, in Bedfordshire, is home to a wide range of animals from big cats like Lions & Cheetahs to Elephants, Rhino's, Brown Bears, Lemur's, Penguins and a whole host of other mammals, insects and reptiles. Being that the zoo is spread out over a large area the animal enclosures range from large to very large yet whilst keeping the needs of the animals first it also means that the visitor and the photographer can get excellent and unblocked views of these animals. Here is how I got on.
I have always been interested in history not so much on a global, political, economic way as so often taught in schools, but on a social level i.e. what was it really like to live in certain time, what did the people look like, what did they do for a living, how did they get to their place of work, what did they eat etc? It is for this reason why I have also been collecting old Victorian and Edwardian photos because you can really get a sense and feel for a place from a photo arguably in more detail than you can get from just reading about it in a book. Through collecting these old photos I have also become very interested in stereo photography.