Lockdown project leads to book of stunning wildlife photography

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Dales award-winning photographer Paul Fowlie has found a silver lining in lockdown after much of his work dried up, but it means he can no longer move to his own home which is filled with 500 copies of the book he spent his life dreaming of creating.

As a wildlife photographer, Paul from Bedale wanted to share some of the stunning images he captured. Now a Year in Nature has been published with 396 pages of photography and advice on how to get the best animal pictures.

Paul, who runs the Red Squirrel Hides in Hawes, has always had an interest in wildlife since he started drawing animals as a child in South Shields. After moving to North Yorkshire his interest became an obsession and his work as a photographer took off. He is now increasingly well known in the field after winning a Gold Medal from the Royal Photographic Society for his spectacular photograph of a mountain hare, among other accolades.

“When I first started photographing, it was always wildlife. It’s a total obsession, I have to admit, but you have to have a lot of patience, the hours I spent in a cache fleeting in the middle of a field that people wouldn’t believe, sometimes two or three days and nothing happened, it’s not for everyone,” Paul said.

“But sometimes you just know you’re in the right place at the right time. And sometimes you’re wrong, I missed a wonderful shot of a buzzard flying straight at me because I just didn’t have the camera set up correctly, you really slap yourself.

“I wanted to do a book for a very, very long time, then during the lockdown I thought this was it, I have to finish it, but it took about three years to do it and without the pandemic, I don’t. probably wouldn’t “I didn’t.”

A Year in the Wild follows Paul, 55,’s progress through the seasons, with tips on how to get the best shots at different times of the year. He distributes them himself, but didn’t realize when he ordered 500 how big they would be and how much space they would take up.

“I just didn’t think of where they would all go, but there’s almost no room in the house now, even though I’ve already sold 100 of them,” Paul added.

The photographer runs events and workshops at his red squirrel hideouts near Hawes, as well as trips to photograph bears, eagles, ospreys and foxes in Finland, Sweden, Norway and Holland.

To get copies of the book, which costs £25, go to https://paulfowliephotography.co.uk/


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