Interview with wildlife photographer Reuben Brewer

photo credit: Reuben Brewer

photo credit: Reuben Brewer

How do you go about taking your photographs, the planning process etc.?

When it comes to my bird photography in my garden, I just sit out in the garden, and wait patiently, as still as I can, and the birds will eventually come down to feed, and I slowly bring my camera round and take photos. Sometimes some newer birds, or certain types of birds, can be too timid and fly away at the sight of me making any sudden movements. At those times, I try to keep my camera as close to my eye as I can, it can be a bit uncomfortable after a pro-lengthened amount of time, but more often than not I’m rewarded by getting the opportunity to take photos of the more shy birds. One good example is the wren. The wren are such tiny little birds that are brown in colour, that they are very easy to miss. As they are so tiny, they are also very agile fliers. You really have to be extra prepared when the wren is around, because as I’ve found, they don’t stay around for long in one place before they move. When you are able to take a photo of these little birds, you can see why they can hide so well in the natural landscape. The one biggest giveaway with the wren is its call. Even though it’s such a tiny little bird, they have such powerful, loud, and distinctive calls.

When it comes to my flower photography, well, I just look out for anything I see unusual, and/or colourful and take photos.

photo credit: Reuben Brewer

photo credit: Reuben Brewer

Nature photography is much easier for me due to my difficulties. Nature involves flora and fauna, not people, so there is very little anxiety involved, apart from getting to these natural places. The most anxiety I experienced was when I was taking photos of the deer when I was lucky enough to get to Richmond Park in London. They are majestic animals, but with those antlers they can be a little intimidating, I felt like they carry an aura of nature around them. I could never understand why they were hunted in history.Planning my natural photographic experiences, well, it depends on where you’re talking about.I have a local lake around my area, which includes an art centre and café, I’ve been to this lake many times growing up so I know the area very well. There is very little planning needed, apart from getting my camera ready for the birds around the lake.

photo credit: Reuben Brewer

photo credit: Reuben Brewer

When it comes to going somewhere I’ve never been to before, then it becomes a lot harder. I’ve only ever been on day trips to places, like Richmond Park and Kew Gardens. It’s been difficult, particularly since public transport by train can be difficult if I need to take a change of trains. This adds more anxiety, and creates a greater difficulty. Taxis can be difficult as well, but it all depends on several aspects due to my sensory issues and OCD. I always remember to bring cotton gloves with me due to my difficulties with touch involving my sensory issues, so that I can put my seat belt on without having to touch the strap with my bare hands. This would relate to all situations, even my local lake, I would also always remember to bring my hand gel, just in case, so that if I accidently touch something I feel uncomfortable with, I can use the hand gel to numb the feeling and rid the smell. This is particularly handy if it involves metal as metal always tends to leave a metallic smell on my hands.

Once I arrive at the place I’m going to, all my anxiety lifts, briefly, I can concentrate on my surroundings, making the most of it. My anxiety does come back again when mum and I have to make our way back though, but when I get home, I have a whole new set of photos that I can look at and remember my experiences when I was there at the time.

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