Ben Locke

Locke is a wildlife photographer from Gloucestershire who works in the Forest of Dean on a regular basis. He also has made a short film for the BBC as well as working on Springwatch and Countryfile. The images above were found on his website and photographed in the Forest of Dean. His photographs all illustrate the beauty of the forest, often creating a dreamlike quality with his use of available light. To most these photographs seem surreal and almost fantastical, partially due to the close proximity of the animals and the fact that most people will not have seen them up quite so close. The last photograph of the fox almost looks posed. Whilst I am not aiming to photograph wildlife, I think that his slow and observational approach is very effective and I will try to replicate it in my images. He has clearly waited to capture the environment and its settlers in their natural state.

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