The Deer of Richmond Park – Deer Hunter

Still life photography, especially at the advertising level, is meticulously planned. Every stage of the process has been thought about, analysed and critiqued to the nth degree. Wildlife photography is as far from that as you can get. You can plan as much as you like but if the animals and weather have other ideas there’s nothing you can do.

This project titled “Deer Hunter” was one of the things that sparked my fascination with photography. At the time, I had one camera and a modified 1950’s manual focus lens; that’s all I could afford. Despite that, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time and capture the first image you see in this series.

My approach has always been to photograph the Deer in a manner which I feel encapsulates them. Using the weather as another element to enhance the story. If possible that means fog. Fog, much like snow, has a transformative quality. It takes the familiar and turns it on its head, adding a mystery which exaggerates the majesty of the Deer.

To capture these images I wait for the perfect weather conditions, and hope they materialise. Arriving at Richmond Park well before sunrise (around 4am), I hike to an area I hope the Deer will be, and wait. Sometimes I get nothing, sometimes I get something beautiful.