RESPECTFULLY INTRUDING by John Wiseman

2013 NSW EMERGING PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

It has only been over the last decade that John Wiseman has immersed himself in photography to a degree that it has become his consuming passion.

Like many others, his initial interest was stimulated by the wonderfully generous and talented Ken Duncan, who shares his knowledge and enthusiasm for capturing stunning images of the world around us in a way that also captivates the photographer.

John’s fascination with landscapes naturally evolved to the wildlife we share these wonderful places with. Landscape photography taught him to look up, look down and to be patient. In developing that discipline, especially patience, John discovered another world. Wildlife photography.

The intoxicating excitement of the animals of Africa; the size, beauty and grace of these creatures and the love of the chase. The reward for the sometimes-thrilling patience is the delivery of that satisfying moment in time. And to know, that for the subject, nothing has changed. I have just intruded for a rare moment. The concentration through the viewfinder allows me to be immersed in, and enjoy the “priceless” moment. Then to experience the wonders and romantic beauties of Central America, the rich coast of Costa Rica, capturing the unique Hummingbirds with their extraordinary colours. These birds have the fastest wing speed on earth, and are the only bird able to fly backwards. The dwarf-bee hummingbird is the smallest of all birds. And of course there are the creatures that are not obvious favourites. My close-up and telephoto lenses provide an opportunity for a unique appreciation of the magical colours of the frogs and snakes that are often unseen. Wildlife photography means so much to me. It provides absolute privilege in worlds I had previously not known existed. If there is a theme beyond appreciating the privilege, it is the wonder of wildlife both large and small in two vastly different environments.

John Wiseman, 2014

some of the exhibition images to wet your appetite