Sunday 11 January 2015

#93 Photos

At any one point in time, there are thousands of photographers out taking photos of wildlife around the world. The world doesn't really need that many professional wildlife photographers but a lot of them are amateurs, have other jobs or like to snap other things too. Some of those photographers win the competitions that they enter.

For three months of every year, the Natural History Museum in London exhibits the photos of a hundred competition winners. The photos are paraded into a darkened exhibit room, mounted at eye level and raped in front of a constant stream of spectators by backlights from behind and cheesy music from the front. I doubt they feel anything though. Their nerves were deadened long ago by digital effects, filters, time-lapses and animation.

The images are pretty good. You can look at some of them for minutes and I eagerly read most of the descriptions, which are probably even more interesting. From lava to larvae, you can get a mini nature lesson. Taking photos of animals around the world isn't always as glamorous as it sounds. Long periods hiding out in ditches. Temperatures extreme enough to melt equipment. Two people died in making the exhibition's photos.
The ones that I liked the most were of a giraffe and a jackal and some fish swimming among the tentacles of an anemone. 

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