Jewels of India Gallery
On my studio wall hangs a beautiful study of an Indian leopard, drawn in 1881 by my great-grandfather, a professional artist. My family connection to India is a strong one that spans many centuries - the passion for the country continues with me.
The inspiration for my love of wildlife was my father and he himself spent his early childhood in South India. He lived in Bangalore, where my grandfather was Commissioner of Police, until India gained its independence in 1947.
Forty years after my family returned to England, I made my first visit to India, backpacking round this vast and diverse land. Years later I returned to India’s famous bird wetlands in Bharatpur - and so began my professional wild photography career.
Photographing in the bird paradise at Bharatpur ignited my fire for wildlife of the Sub-continent and the following year I went again, but this time to a place called Bandhavgarh, where I hoped that I just might see a tiger.
From elephants to scorpions
Though tigers take the spotlight, I have photographed quite a rich diversity of wildlife in India - from elephants in the Himalayan foothills and the wildlife of saline deserts, to scorpions in the southern rainforests and wetlands teeming with birdlife.
In my travels on the Subcontinent I have slept in tarantula-inhabited watchtowers, been chased by angry rhesus macaques and crawled into python burrows – these were the fun bits. Catching malaria, driving blind through a monsoon storm and spending the day in an Indian hospital on a drip were the low points.
But I’m still photographing and still in love with this wonderful country.
Prints and canvases
These images are available to purchase as either a Deluxe photographic print or Gallery-wrapped canvas, see prints for more details.