Richard Shucksmith

I am fascinated by the natural world that surrounds us and we are part of. Inquisitive by nature I love being outside following, watching and observing animal behaviour. Early morning is one of my favourite times when most people are asleep but outside of the warm cosy house a whole world is waking up. It's a quiet time from manmade noise and the sounds of the natural world dominate the soundscape. Beautiful light falls across the land and the sense of wilderness and isolation is excitingly overpowering. It feels, smells and looks magical and it's what I enjoy most about my photography being out in these beautiful wild places watching nature.

I studied marine biology and marine ecology, I'm a keen diver and underwater photographer. One of my favourite places is the coast as it has a wide variety of habitats, species and dramatic seascapes. For me the sea encompasses the power, turmoil and beauty of the world in which we live.

Using photography I aim to tell stories about places, environment and the animals and plants that live there. Whether I manage this or not is up to you decide. All I know it's incredibly enjoyable trying.

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