I have always been a fan of nature photography and wandering aimlessly in the countryside or down by the coast escaping the crowds that I do battle with every day in the city taking pictures as I go but and there is always a but I often get a syncing feeling when I wander around a corner to see a pile of rubbish dumped from someone’s day out or a stack of bottles and cans from some clandestine event. I can never figure out how people can manage to bring food and drink with them but somehow find it impossible to remove the aftermath, anyway enough of my ramblings and on to the point of this post.
While randomly clicking links I came across the Nature First Photography organisation, set up to promote nature and responsible photography following these seven principles:
1) Prioritise the well-being of nature over photography.
2) Educate yourself about the places you photograph.
3) Reflect on the possible impact of your actions.
4) Use discretion if sharing locations.
5) Know and follow rules and regulations.
6) Always follow Leave No Trace principles and strive to leave places better than you found them.
7) Actively promote and educate others about these principles
And as I read though their site it did make me think, with the ongoing search for the perfect picture to put up on social media are we opening up these areas to more people highlighting quite spots that suddenly are not so quiet as people stream in to get their own 8×5 of the weeping willow over the babbling brook, I am torn, I read through the principles above and while I agree with them I also know that I have found some amazing places off the back of other people’s photos and recommendations.
So, what is the solution, to publish or not?
For the moment I am going to keep wandering, taking pics and if I capture something nice posting it while at the same time taking a moment to ponder if my picture could lead to a place of beauty being ruined and maybe be a little vague about the exact location.
Although realistically with my follower numbers not really something I have to worry about for the moment.