Article published on Friday, June 21, 2013 .

Wildlife Photography Portfolio in Shades of Blacks and Whites

I am passionate about both land and underwater wildlife. I love to discover and observe wild animals living in their natural environments. Photography enables me to keep the animal behaviors that I see or to create environmental animal portraits. But rather than using a naturalistic approach, I chose to use an artistic approach which I call "wildlife photography in shades of black and white".

Wildlife portfolio in black and white of Amar Guillen, Photographer

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Using Black and White to Enhance Wildlife

In order to be consistent with my artistic vision, I chose to use black and white photography, which involves its own philosophy of photography and can convey certain emotions that cannot be expressed through color photos. I am always looking for simple scenes and subjects that will be emphasized well by this artistic photography technique. Black-and-white photographs immediately emphasize the point of interest. The viewer’s gaze is guided by geometric shapes, lines of flight, perspectives, and the contrast between light and dark. These elements which will enable the viewer to understand the message I want to convey. I could simplify this by saying that a black-and-white photograph goes straight to the point to deliver its essential message.

The Fragility of the Animal World

You certainly know the names of a number of wild animals. You have probably had the opportunity to watch videos or see pictures of them. But how often have you actually been close to them — even ones that live near you? I try to use my photographs to show you that it is possible to observe animals in order to know them better and understand their fragility.

Preserving and Communicating the Emotion of an Encounter with an Animal

Have you ever looked a deer in the eye and see its surprise when it notices you standing at the corner of a forest road? Have you ever felt the excitement of dealing with a sow whose hair bristles when you get too close to her piglets? Have you ever felt the cold determination of a shark as it looks at you from just yards away? I have had the chance to experience many such fleeting but very intense emotions. I always remember them. Sometimes I can capture them with my cameras. It is always exciting to take pictures because I know that I can share that image with others and express what I felt in that moment.

Environmental Wildlife Portraits

In my pictures I always show the animals in their natural environments. I try to create photographs using backgrounds that bring out the best in my subjects. I have developed my own photographic approach. I do not limit myself to simple portraits of animals. Instead, I use a holistic approach, showing them in their natural environments.

I show others the environment in which we all live. Beautiful photographs of animals help educate people about the fragility of a fascinating and relatively unknown world, while inspiring them to go out and explore.

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