How Woking's Richard Peters became European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015
PUBLISHED: 11:39 23 May 2016
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Woking-based photographer Richard Peters, the man responsible for this month's stunning cover shot, was recently named the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Also a member of Surrey Wildlife Trust, here we put him under our spotlight...
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine May 2016
What was it that first inspired you to take up photography?
I’ve always had a creative side. However, it wasn’t until my late-teens and a holiday in Canada that I really found a deep-rooted interest in photography. I had a cheap film-camera but photographed everything. When I came home, I was given my first real camera, a fully-manual Nikon SLR.
How did you develop your style?
I would say photography is more about a style finding you. As I’ve developed over the years, I’ve found myself caring less about what my subject is, and more about the light or conditions. I’d rather take a striking photo of a pigeon than an average photo of a lion.
What do you look for in a photo?
Aside from lighting, the composition of an image is key because if that’s wrong, it doesn’t matter if everything else is right. The image has to balance and be easy to view. Even the average viewer will notice if an image is badly framed. I always look for frames that are uncluttered, with few distractions, unless distractions help tell a story. It’s fair to say, however, that often the images that are unplanned work out best. Certainly that’s the case with some of my more popular images.
Finally, do you have any favourite photo spots in Surrey?
Although I’ve lived in Surrey for three years now, I’ve still not spent a large amount of time exploring. That being said, I’ve spent the last year-and-a-half working on a project in my back garden, photographing badgers that visit under darkness – so that’s my favourite location so far!
• See more of Richard’s work at richardpeters.co.uk