Penguins make utterly wonderful subjects for anyone’s photography. They instill a great feeling of happiness in all who come into contact with them, and it’s our job as photographers to convey that to anyone who sees our work.
by Andy Rouse
These marching king penguins on the beach were captured at Volunteer Point, about 2 hours of rough off road driving from the capital city of Stanley on East Island. If you’ve ever been to the Falklands you know the wind practically never stops blowing. The day we arrived, we were greeted with a steady 50mph wind, which made even walking an exciting adventure.
This was my first trip to the Falkland Islands leading a private tour. We explored several islands, mostly devoid of humans, but loaded with five species of penguins, occasionally elephant seals and orcas.
In conversation with Daisy Gilardini
Canada-based Daisy Gilardini specialises in photographing the stories behind environmental and wildlife conservation issues in cold places.
… What Daisy likes to do most is take photographs, especially of bears. And to do so she left the urban financial centre of Europe to take up residence on the west coast of Canada in Vancouver. Today she describes herself as mainly a wildlife photographer – ‘bears and penguins’ – specialising in the cold bits at the top and bottom of the planet. She goes on to further refine this as ‘mainly bears’, which is largely due to the fact that she has recently been heavily committed to producing her new book Bear Tales, a lovely monograph of grizzly, polar, black and spirit bears (the latter of which is a black bear with a genetic variation that makes it appear white.) Her book celebrates their aesthetic beauty and the wildness of their habitat as much as commenting on the fragility of their world. …
What is one piece of advice you would like to leave with our readers?
Follow your heart and your passion. I would have never made it as a wedding photographer because it’s simply not who I am. Do what comes naturally. I could spend days hanging out in a colony of penguins and enjoy every minute of it. Camping out under the stars, capturing the beauty of the night sky – and in return, getting less than an hour or two of sleep – is what drives me. Find your niche, and go for it.