The guest speaker at Alnwick and District Camera Club’s Playhouse event was Peter Cairns, a multi-award-winning landscape, wildlife and conservation photographer who lives and works in the Cairngorms National Park. Peter showed some superb images of his journeys around Scotland and other parts of the world.
At the same time he informed the audience of his own personal journey from a trigger-happy photographer just interested in capturing images of wildlife to developing a passionate interest and involvement in the conservation of natural habitats and try to make humans understand the importance of wildlife.
Peter has co-produced six books and initiated a number of projects. In these projects he has worked with other photographers and during the evening we saw many of Peter’s images but also some of those of the other photographers who have assisted him. The Tooth and Claw project explored how we feel about our native predators including hen harriers, wolves and pine martens. The Highland Tiger was a project to highlight the plight of the forgotten Scottish highland wild cats
The Wild Wonders of Europe involved Peter and 68 other European top nature photographers who spent two years documenting Europe’s landscapes and wildlife.
Peter’s most recent project, 2020VISION, is an ambitious nature photography project conducted in the UK.
This was an evening that made you think about the landscape and wildlife around us and the role we all play in its conservation and survival.