Photographers Spotlight – Daniel Fox

We are always looking for new artists to spotlight and as I am constantly amazed at the new and interesting people that I run into around the web. From “meeting” people on Facebook, Twitter or even Flickr I have been introduced to a insane amount of great photographers since starting this website almost 2 years ago. Its really awesome some of the connections I have made and I am always looking out for new work out there. If you know of anyone that is doing sometime great please let me know!

Today I want to share some work from Daniel Fox who is currently working on a project about our relationship with nature. Enjoy a quick interview with Daniel and some of his work below.
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What is your current project “the wild image” all about …
Ever since I was a young boy, I found my inspiration and comfort in nature. It thought me about life, and death, about change and evolution, about challenges and perseverance. It thought me about perspective and balance. Most importantly, it thought me about being humble and spiritual. I started the Wild Image Project so that I could tell a story. A story about our relationship with nature, about our journey in this universe, a story about being human. The story I want to tell is a story of hope and of unity. We are part of Nature, and it is part of Us.

How did this project get started, where did the inspiration come from…
I have always wanted to travel the world and study animals. I watched religiously the adventures of Jacques Cousteau and the Wild Kingdoms of the Mutual of Omaha with Jim Fowler. They showed me a world which I wanted to be part of. Unfortunately – or maybe fortunately, since I do believe everything happens for a reason – I ended up going into marketing and moved from Montreal to New York City. I did try to make it in the business world, but my heart was never into it. At some point, I had a chance to reassess how I wanted to spend the rest of my life. I felt that I had been given a second chance, so I invested everything I had and created the Wild Image Project. My first expedition was in Argentina, kayaking the Peninsula Valdes and photographing the wildlife. It was the best decision of my life and I don’t regret one single moment since!!

the reason you love what you do ….
Often, I find the wilderness more…. sane. Nature is raw, it is life in its purest form. It constantly reminds of what is essential. And then, there is that moment, when I am laying on the ground, with the animal in front of me, when we start to communicate. There is nothing like it. There is a sense of connection. There is no longer them and me, but Us. We are all part of the same world, we share this beach, this ocean, the air. Our existence is bound to each other, to this Planet. Our goal is the same, to survive, to live. It is humbling.

Who do you get your inspiration from …
I get a lot of my motivation by reading biographies. It might seems like a funny answer, but I am a dreamer and have never done what I “was supposed to do”. When you read or learn about other people’s lives – their struggle and their journey – before they “made it”, you find comfort and inspiration, knowing that each has been called crazy and told that they would never make it.

How did you get started in photography …
Photography has always been present in my life, but it is only in the last 5 years that I really started to make a career out of it. The arrival of DSLR is really what allowed me to fully embrace photography. I didn’t have much money when I was young and it always seemed to me to be a hobby I couldn’t afford. The first time I bought a digital camera, it was like heaven had revealed itself. I could experiment as much as I wanted. I could shoot for days, and weeks and see what I liked and did not. I did not go to photography school, everything I learned, I learned it on my own. And I think that sometimes it is better, because I have a learned a lot by not following the “rules” of photography.

What does photography mean to you …
Photography is an exchange between a subject and an observer. In my case my subject is wildlife, nature, and in these portraits there is a dialogue between me, the animal and the environment I am photographing. My objective is to capture a photographic moment with the intensity felt at the instant the shutter opened. I create a composition in my mind and then shoot until I feel I have reached my objective. It is later, when I look at the images, that I am often surprised and amazed at the results. The vast majority of details are unnoticed when the picture is taken. It is only later that the richness of the moment is revealed. This is where my intuitive response to that moment comes to fruition.
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Your photography specialty …
Wildlife portraits.

Who is your photo idol …
To be honest, I don’t really have any photo idols. I do have though “storyteller idols”. People who had a gift in telling stories and communicate their passion. Ever since I was young boy, I was fascinated by Jacques Cousteau, Jim Fowler with the Wild Kingdoms, and David Attenborough with BBC. They are certainly my heroes, the ones that have inspired me to do what I do today.

Lens of choice …
I shoot with Canon. My favorite lens is the 100-400mm. It is perfect for what I do.

Favorite photography product …
I always travel light, so anything that allows me to do much with little, is a plus for me. My Canon 7D with my favorite lens allow me to do everything I want. I can shoot HD video, I can photograph landscape, people, and wildlife. It is by far my most treasured equipment. Another thing that is always with me, is my polarize lens. I can’t go anywhere without it!

Favorite movie …
I watch a lot of movies and documentaries. But I only keep in my library a very small selection. I have watched over a dozen times BBC’s Planet Earth and Life series. I have on my computer Tron:Legacy and The Golden Compass, I don’t seem to get tired of them either. I am also an avid consumer of PBS documentaries – I think I have watched all the Frontline, Nova and Nature episodes they have online!

Last rental you watched …
My last rental was the full BBC’s Human Planet Series. Absolutely stunning!!

Where can you be found on days off …
All my time right now is dedicated at preparing my next adventure, the “Extreme Islands Expedition”. In 2013, I will be leading a team of filmmakers and scientists on a 6-year around the world sailing/kayaking expedition. We will circumnavigate Antarctica, the Arctic, and cross the Pacific and the Atlantic from their lowest point to their highest point. We will visit over 250 islands, 16 countries, cross 4 oceans, navigate 13 different ocean currents and pass through 6 geographical zones. It will be one of the largest and most ambitious maritime exploration expeditions since the 17th century, at the end of the Age of Exploration.

The expedition will be looking into fulfilling important scientific and conservation goals but the main mission will be charting new territories. In a nutshell, we want to create Google Islands. The expedition will visually map the coast of over 250 islands, scan their surrounding seafloor and document each island’s wildlife, environment and culture. The goal is to develop 3D interactive views of those remote islands, mixed with above and underwater photographs, videos, and audio recordings, that can be viewed in Google Earth and give the viewer an immersing interactive exploring experience on the planet’s most remote and wildest islands.

What superhero would you be …
I think it would have to be a mix of superheroes. First, I would need to be able to live underwater, so that I can explore the oceans and swim with the orcas. Then, I would need to be able to fly. So that I can go everywhere I want and explore the most remote places.

If I am typically craving something it is ….
Get out of the city!! Don’t get me wrong, I love cities, particularly New York. In fact I lived there for 7 years. But I am definitely more in my element in the wild. It usually doesn’t take much. After a couple of weeks in the city, my mind goes all bizarre, and my body starts to show signs that it is missing something.

What is your most fav photo you have recently taken …
I am particularly proud of my last work, done in the north region of Argentina. The two portraits of eagles I did are especially strong and the photo of the caimans at night and the giant moth at night are not only incredible but on technical side, I must say I am really proud of the result.

To learn more about Daniels project “The Wild Image Project” head on over to http://wildimageproject.com/. You can also read about his upcoming project the Extreme Islands Expedition here. Here are some more images for you to enjoy.



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Mark is a fine art wedding and portrait photographer from Northern California. He has been passionate about photography since childhood and started his studio 12 years ago to bring a fresh style of photography to the wedding and portrait world.

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