Shades of Compassion Exhibition & Climate Change Photography

Shades of Compassion Exhibition Photographers

Thanks to PhotoKunst and The Shades of Compassion Foundation, one of my photographs is part of the Shades of Compassion group exhibition, which will be travelling in the US, and internationally between 2022-2027.

As the PhotoKunst website says “the exhibition’s primary goal is to promote compassion worldwide through inspirational, thought provoking photographs. Drawn from a diverse roster of forty-one international fine art photographers, the fifty exhibition photographs encompass a diverse spectrum of perspective, subject and artistic expression”.

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15 Bird Portraits

Common Shag, The Saltee Islands

European shag, or black cormorant, Saltee Islands, off the coast of Co. Wexford, Ireland. This belligerent looking shag was not happy about me climbing down the difficult path to the nearby gannet colony, and made a great show of hissing and expressing its distaste for humans.

In late 2020, I started pulling together a series of bird portraits, images made all over the world, over a long period of time. I believe the beauty, diversity and strangeness of birds is often overlooked, so I wanted to share that with my followers on my Instagram account.
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Gravel Road, Col de Jou, Pyrenees

The road escapes. Col de Jou, Pyrenees Orientales, France

Gravel road, Col de Jou, Pyrenees Orientales, France

 

This is an image I made at the end of 2020 in the Pyrenees, France. I think of this as one of my “cycling photographs” – I wasn’t on my bike when I made this, but I had ridden up this climb earlier in the year, and it’s pretty epic. The image works for me as there’s a convergence of angles, with a curve allowing the road to slip away, unseen.

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The Making of a Fine Art Print: Blacktail Deer Plateau, Yellowstone National Park

Sunrise over Sagebrush, Yellowstone

Dramatic clouds over the sagebrush plains: sunrise on the Blacktail Deer Plateau, northern Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. Copyright Dave Walsh 2014.

In November 2020, I received an email from a lady in Michigan, in the United States. She’d just had a new baby, named Sage, and she wanted to find a photograph of sagebrush in the bedroom of the new family member’s bedroom.

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The Challenge of Photographing Trees and Forests

Late afternoon sunlight touches a treetop in the Massif de Canigou, Pyrenees Orientales, France

Late afternoon sunlight touches a treetop in the Massif de Canigou, Pyrenees Orientales, France. View large on my portfolio site.

Photographing trees and forests – I always find this difficult. How to make any sense of the beautiful organic chaos without just re-creating something in a dull, or cliched way? How to express the feeling of being out in the woods to someone who doesn’t know the place you’ve been?

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Book cover: William Trevor: Last stories (Letzte Erzählungen)

William Trevor: Last stories (Letzte Erzählungen)
Here’s one of my photographs of clouds rolling in over the sunset, west of of Svalbard, high in the Arctic, being used for the cover the German edition of Irish author William Trevor’s “Last Stories”, or Letzte Erzählungen, published by Hoffman unde Campe in April 2020. The photograph was licensed through Millennium Images in London.

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Inside Climate News: Dead Birds Washing Up by the Thousands Send a Warning About Climate Change

 Dead Birds Washing Up by the Thousands Send a Warning About Climate Change

Here’s one of my photos of Common Murres in an article by Sabrina Shankman in Inside Climate News on how “a new study unravels the mystery of what caused so many of these normally resilient seabirds to starve amid an ocean heat wave fueled in part by global warming.”
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Icebergs, Berlin and Barcelona in New Statesman

Climate change optimism New statesman Dave Walsh

Here’s two four of my images being featured in articles in New Statesman magazine, thanks to photo agency Millennium Images.
The first image was from Kane Basin, near the 110km-wide Humboldt Glacier, in the remote north-western corner of Greenland. The photo was made during a 2009 expedition on the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise, as we passed by some icebergs formed by the glacier. This photo belongs in a series of Arctic and Antarctic images called The Cold Edge, which are also available as fine art prints. Contact me for more details. Full article: Should we be practising “climate change optimism”?

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