Wildlife Photography by Jim Irwin
Wildlife Photography by Jim Irwin
Wildlife Photography by Jim Irwin
Wildlife Photography by Jim Irwin
Wildlife Photography by Jim Irwin

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Wildlife Photography by Jim Irwin

Egrets by Jim Irwin

 

 

 

My photography is mostly of nature and wildlife. And being a veterinarian,my interest in animal photography should be of no surprise. I see animal photography as a way of bringing more than just color or design to a wall but rather a dimension of personality as well. The animal close-ups especially demonstrate that phenomenon. The close-up view enables one to see
the natural features that are usually missed in real life due to all the movement and surrounding distractions. In effect, a "personality" seems to appear. My goal is to capture this "personality" in an artistic fashion that
can be displayed in a person’s home for regular enjoyment.

My interest in animal art is directed more toward wildlife rather than toward the more common domestic animals. While they usually present a challenge to photograph, I find the images to be far more fascinating. Additionally, the photography creates an environmental awareness that may even translate into improving animal welfare, especially for the African species. Through environmental abuse, habitat destruction, poaching and other human interactions the future of many of these animals is in doubt. This special photography of these species can provide a chance to enjoy their being and hopefully they will survive.

I have been serious about photography for about 40 years. I started my college years at Indiana University in commercial art. I developed an interest in zoology and changed my career path to veterinary medicine. I
graduated from Purdue University in 1971 as a veterinarian and have worked as a veterinarian ever since. Interestingly, I am looking forward to making
art my main focus again as I near retirement. For 10 years I traveled to Hawaii photographing whales each winter. I have also been seriously interested in zoo photography and have been on contract with the St. Louis Zoo for photography for approximately 5 years. I have evolved into safari photography and have done extensive photography in Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Namibia. More safari adventures are in the works.

 

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