With it being poppy season and the influx of messages I receive when posting images at this time of year I felt it would be a great time to write this blog. If you ask me and I choose not to share a location, then don't be angry. Firstly, most of these places are private land, so an increase in the number of visitors is not only going to cause the farmer to get angry and potentially cut the field, or remove you, but we need to think about the impact we are having on nature.
Recently I signed up to Natures First; I agreed with and follow their principles whilst out photographing nature and realise just how important this is to me. I felt I needed to help spread this message. The more we appreciate and love the world around us, the more we will begin to care for it.
You may or may not know that I try and do all I can for the environment, from eating vegan, living as kindly as I can and recycling everything that's possible within my little part of this world. This is all part of having a respect for the natural world and this goes hand in hand with my photography.
There seems to be a growing disregard of the natural world from all walks of life, from our disposable lifestyles and need for more and more 'stuff' to destruction of woodlands and the changing of the planets landscape for human greed. Being a landscape photographer I'm out in some wonderful environments as much as I possibly can and feel its time we did our upmost as photographers to protect these places.
What’s the harm in sharing locations?
Sharing location information can have significant consequences for that location. As soon as a place is determined to be photogenic, it becomes a magnet for photographers and the general public. This is especially true if exceptional, seasonal or climatic conditions are increasing the draw. So if you share locations, you should be cognizant that you will very likely be contributing to the increased impact on that natural area.
We understand that locations cannot be kept “secret.” Anyone with the internet and determination can usually find a location. But there is a huge difference in the number of people who are willing to spend the time researching (and hopefully learning about a location) and those just driving to an exact location provided in a post along with an image.
Some of the Earth's greatest landscapes and treasured natural areas are threatened by increased visitation and general lack of care so lets all work together to help conserve the places we love and photograph through wise use, education, outreach, community, and research.
Nature First is built on seven core principles that help communicate how each of us can enjoy nature photography responsibly. The Seven Principles of Nature First Photography were developed to help educate and guide both professional and recreational photographers in sustainable, minimal impact practices that will help preserve nature’s beautiful locations.
THE NATURE FIRST PRINCIPLES
Prioritize the well-being of nature over photography.
Educate yourself about the places you photograph.
Reflect on the possible impact of your actions.
Use discretion if sharing locations.
Know and follow rules and regulations.
Always follow Leave No Trace principles and strive to leave places better than you found them.
Actively promote and educate others about these principles.
So by signing up, I am now an ambassador setting out to protect and preserve the places we love. By photographing these places and abiding by the principles of Natures First, we can play a positive role and educate people through awareness.
Find out more about Natures First by clicking here.
Join the movement and start helping today!
Thanks for reading, as always
(also here are some of my recent favourite poppy images which are all available for purchase in my shop by clicking here! - Enjoy)