Hi there, and welcome to my wildlife and travel portfolio.
My name is Hugo and I like photography. My first system camera was an 1972 OM-1 series 35mm, which was a gift from my father when I was 12. Since then, I have owned all kinds of devices from Brownies and compacts, to DSLRs and mirrorless systems. The best thing about photography is that no matter your skill level, you are always learning. Subsequently, I tend to think of myself as a perpetual hobbyist; which allows me to pick my battles and maintains a broad creative range. As I get asked all the time what cameras I use nowadays, I figured it best to put this info right here: I have been shooting Olympus M43 since 2014. Its great to be able to use all my legacy glass on the more modern bodies, and their portability allows me to travel further and use them in more physically taxing situations. Occasionally, I also use A-Mount cameras with my Minolta legacy glass – also a very satisfying combination. A more comprehensive kit list is viewable here.
I take great care in framing my subjects to try to record something of the animal's character - not just describe the anatomy, and I don't shy away from black and white conversion where the tonal range permits. In fact, sometimes I consciously expose for it. I also maintain a strict ethical code with no live-baiting or habitat destruction to record my images. I like to travel and constantly have my sights on the next photo project. I'm an Army brat, and have moved around a fair bit; so I guess it's in my nature. Despite this, I make sure to carbon offset all my trips via ClimateCare, who run some incredible projects from green energy development to freshwater provision in some of the most needy regions on Earth.
Conservation and animal protection are very important areas to me. It is hard for me not to be devastated by the statistics concerning endangerment and extinction across the board. From being an Ambassador for Photographers Without Borders who support communities and help safeguard habitats in over 35 countries, to being a fellow of the ILCW, I'm always looking for ways to do more with my work. That said, I just finished an MA in Photography to try and hone my craft a bit and I would be delighted to discuss: kit, caboodle, technique, destinations and all sorts of creatures - so do get in touch, should you feel the inclination. Alternatively, you can follow my movements and news on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.
Finally, for a selection of my favourite or experimental infrared photos, accompanied by field-notes which give insight and context, be sure to follow my Instagram.
I very much hope you enjoy my images, from wherever in the world you are viewing them.
Hugo Donnithorne-Tait - London, U.K.