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Ryan Ward

The one who you are currently reading about is… ME, Ryan! Im Zoologist studying my final year at The University of Glasgow.
I love wildlife and nature photography with a serious passion!
I am a completely self taught photographer, still learning and taking shots when ever I can. I learned through my own experiences and through advice from the pros (Peter Cairns) and basically through the internet. I know that there is soo much to learn and all that but i am very eager to keep on going and learning from my mistakes and learning from my successes.
I am eager to become a professional photography post University, which is actually very soon. However I know that this will take some time and if anyone reads this who is a professional or whatever, it would be awesome if you guys could just give me advice. That being said I do enjoy getting some constructive criticism which would actually help a hell of a lot more. I am very interested in using photography as a method of helping and starting conservation projects by making it more visually appealing for the community to understand what needs to be done now. Things that I am really interested in is the reintroduction of large mammal species (predators and non-predators) back into Scotland. I believe that using photography as a second language (or… a…. language that everyone can see and understand) then I believe things can be more fully understood. Protection of species such as the Red Squirrel from the Grey Squirrel, Mink killing off Water Voles and the dramatically reducing population of Scottish seabirds is something that I believe can be more understood by the public if brought to them in a more accessible resource rather than scientific journals etc.
I believe that taking a shot isnt all about the textbook perfections and that individuality is a very important aspect of taking that perfect shot. Having the animal of whatever your subject is as something considered to be textbook perfection is not perfection to me. They have to be something else which maybe no one will have taken. Now I know that this will take while for me to figure out what my individual style is, but dear god I will find one!

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