I read about the wildlife photographer Steven Blandin. I was amazed to find that he discovered his passion for wildlife photography on an African safari! I do not know how much he loved Dame nature as a child or how much he knew about wildlife then. He tells us that his wife introduced him to nature photography (In their early dating years). That makes my view take a shifty ride on a paradigm shift which changed the belief that hold tight to the job you already have and keep any new found interest or passion to a secondary importance! Steven’ s life says if you find that the seed of passion that lay dormant for a long time;suddenly shoots up into a tree with flowering blossoms and all! Do not crush it. If it drives you towards success take that energy saver ride! You have been gifted! Steven is a winner. He has won innumerable prizes in photography. He has polished up his skills and made them into a professional jewel! What is more,he imparts photographic education to nature enthusiasts. He takes them on wildlife tours too. A wildlife photographer provides that study material literature which biology students seek apart from their text books! It brings the two branches of science so close together! The technical physics of the world of lenses and the fascinating study of Life itself that is biology!
On the other hand the scholar of zoology scared out of his wits at the accelerated manmade extinction of species en masse ;feels drawn towards the camera as a tool to at least record and preserve the images from all angles of the rare species threatened with extinction! This emotional state in itself creates the sensation of holding the hand of somebody slipping down from a cliff. This creates the urge to do more and pull the endangered person who means so much to you, back to life! This is the reason why non tech savvy people might want to attend photography classes! Steven ‘ life is a shining example of passion, love, skill, profession, teaching, renown, all turned to work for a worthy cause! I HOPE AND PRAY FOR THEIR SUCCESS. Lastly I would like to quote him directly. Words that have deeply impressed me. I want to place these words so high that everybody cannot help but see them always! Like the stars. Sad,but even the stars are swallowed by dark matter What we see are images left by stars which were there, aeons ago! I do not want that to happen to photographic images. These images must inspire love and passion, in the hearts of all who behold them, so they may protect all wildlife from going the ‘Extinct way”.
He says “I aim to present my subjects in a non-clustered environment where the viewer can only be captivated by the animal. Demonstrating the beauty and intimacy one may have with nature will hopefully lead and encourage people to preserve and protect nature, our precious home.