Margery’s MFIAP

Photographic Art – East African Wildlife

I was awarded Master Photographer of the International Federation of Photographic Art in April 2012, with a portfolio of 20 prints.

I wanted to illustrate the natural grace and beauty of some of the wildlife of East Africa, through their shape, markings and/or movement.

I also wanted to show the natural habitat in which these birds and animals lived, if possible, but I did not want the background colours to intrude on the main subject matter”.

Due to the strict rules of national and international competitions and exhibitions, I am not allowed to use manipulated images in any natural history section, though they can be used in an open section.

I therefore designed a unique colour-mono technique to distinguish between my straight and ‘altered reality’ natural history pictures. The background was made monochrome, and then various layers of coloured foreground, including grasses and bushes, were used to produce an almost 3D effect. In some cases, the original background of the main subject matter was put back in again. In others, the background was either slightly modified, or changed completely.

Impala buck
Impala does
Defassa Waterbucks
Common Waterbuck
White Rhinoceros
White-bearded Wildebeest
Grant’s Gazelle
Reticulated Giraffe
Common Zebra
Goliath Heron
Rothschild’s Giraffe
Female Ostriches
Grevy’s Zebra
White-bearded Wildebeest
African Elephants
Burchell’s Zebra

More examples can be found in my Photographic Art section