This year has been a productive one for the AS photography group with students visiting a variety of locations including Pakistan, China and Mount Snowdon. We chat to photography student Anna Moulin about her love of the camera, foxes and Mount Snowdon.
Describe your relationship with your camera
My camera is everything to me. I’ve had it for around 5 years now, and I got it after using my Dad’s and falling in love with photography. My camera has come everywhere with me; from the rocky wildernesses of France and Spain, to the cities of Germany, to the park down the road from my house. My camera has always been a faithful companion to me, even if I have gotten angry at it once or twice for running out of battery at a crucial moment!
What is your favourite subject to photograph? Why is it your favourite?
I focus on birds, though this is not out of lack of interest of other animals, but just that I can’t get close enough to animals such as mammals to get good enough photographs! Though, saying that, this year I have visited a lady who had foxes visiting her garden, and managed to get quite beautiful shots of the animals. I love photographing animals because they are so beautiful, so amazing, every single one of them. They have lives that we can only see a glimpse of in ours. I grew up in the Chilterns, where the beautiful Red Kite lives. I look up and see these amazing birds, and wonder how people can go about their day, not realising that they’re living their lives alongside these creatures, and yet not seeing these creatures. And all they have to do is look up!
Which are the most interesting places you have visited with your camera?
I would say that the lady with the foxes in her garden was an extremely interesting place, learning about the foxes as well as viewing them so close up, though really this was just such an exciting experience for me! However, the most interesting place I would say was the slopes of Mount Snowdon, in Wales. It was amazing. While the rest of the world was sunny and green, the sun shone on a deep blanket of snow on Snowdon. Looking down from Snowdon, it was like another world, and was amazing to try and photograph.
What is the most difficult thing when taking a photograph?
Because I love to photograph animals, the most difficult thing is just to get a sharp photograph, never mind trying to bring out the vibrant colours of the animal! When trying to photograph birds, you have to have the exact setting needed at all times, which is pretty difficult when moving swiftly from one environment to another! You need to have your camera ready at all times, and almost have to predict the animal’s movements. I have taken millions of photos of animals, only a few times have I got good shots; never have I got the perfect shot.
What is the most successful photograph you have ever taken?
This photograph is of a marbled butterfly I photographed in the fields near my house. I love this photograph because of the contrasted, vibrant colours pouring from the photo; the purple flower, the black and white butterfly and the green grass. The photograph also has the butterfly in sharp focus, so the detail of the antenna and eye can be picked up, when the grass behind remains slightly blurred, ensuring all of the focus is on the beautiful butterfly.