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Laurent Geslin

Nature photography is a mix of everything I like; independence, discovery, and creativity.

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Laurent Geslin

About

I started as a wildlife guide in Brittany, France and first used photography to illustrate my tour. Then, I got addicted and moved to London to become a professional photographer, shooting foxes and badgers in early mornings and late evenings, then inhabitants of the big city during the day (another kind of wildlife...).

I have been lucky enough to travel 6 months a year for commissions and personal projects regarding wildlife and humans in their environment. My work is regularly published in magazines such as BBC Wildlife, Geographical, Animan and national papers.

My latest exhibition was about climate refugees in West Africa for the United Nations (H.C.R.) and the next one will be about the fragile ecosystem of one of the biggest lakes in Europe, the Lake Leman.

Website: www.laurent-geslin.com/

Interview

Why nature photography?
It seems to be a logical way of my life, something that happened naturally. Nature photography is a mix of everything I like; independence, discovery, and creativity.

What's best about it?
Being a witness of the adaptability of life, how complex the ecosystem can be, and understanding our surroundings a bit more.

What's worst about it?
Still not sure if wildlife photographers are helping the environment or advertising beautiful places for tourism...

Favourite species and places in Europe?
I can be excited by a bear but can be fascinated by a hive of bees... I am fascinated by the adaptability of wildlife in general. Favourite place... Brittany of course!

What's in the bag?
The classic stuff, from the 17 mm to the 500 mm. I particularly like an old wide-angle macro lens that makes some interesting insect pictures.

Your specialities / skills?
I used to work in studios and I am still using that skill in wildlife and portraits abroad. It makes different pictures sometimes but I find it original.

What will you do in your next life?
Well I didn't plan a next life and not sure if it was written in my contract, but I am sure I'll find something to do...

3 tips for beginners
1) Look at what the others do and do the opposite.
2) Put your camera to the side and take your time to look around.
3) Look for subjects on your doorstep instead of thinking of travelling abroa

Mission

Red foxes in Town - I haven't worked with urban foxes for a long time (film time). It's going to be fun to work on digital and try to get some new stuff.

Peregrine Falcon in Spain. Never worked seriously with that bird... Looking forward to measure the fast lens with the fast bird.

Grey seals in Northern England: Grey seals have been photographed a lot in Donna Nook; it will be a good challenge to try to do something new.

Best Picture

Best Picture

What's cool about it?
Not sure if it is my best picture but I took it in the very same field I started wildlife photography many years ago. I came back to Brittany to visit family and friends and went back to the little forest where I took my first picture of a roe deer (a tiny spot, blurred in the middle of the slide).

Could it be better?
Probably... with better light, or a wolf running after it.

Behind the Scene
Mid July, a very territorial roe deer would chase anything on his field. For the fifth evening in a row he chased a fox as I was approaching slowly. He was about to return to the forest, leaving me alone with nothing around. But this time he spotted me. He ran straight towards me and realized his mistake only a few metres from my lens. He showed me a beautiful white bum, barking his head off to alert the whole forest.

Date: 26th of July 2006
Location: Brittany, France
Gear: Nikon D2x with a 500 mm f:4 , ISO 400

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