Two Photographers to Show Bobcats and More
The event has special meaning for Groo, a wildlife photography columnist for Outdoor Photographer magazine and a contributing editor to Audubon magazine.
“I have a huge passion for predators like bobcats, foxes and coyotes,” Groo said. “I feel that they are an essential part of our landscape, serving vital ecological roles while also being creatures of great inherent beauty and value.”
Groo drew attention to her work with local bobcats.
“I’ll be sharing stories and photos from my to-date most special time in the field, which, ironically, though I seem to travel all the time, happened just a couple miles from my home,” she said. “I was able to photograph a bobcat mother and two of her adolescent young feeding, resting and exhibiting close bonds.”
Groo sees the connection between fine art and advocacy in her work.
“I think that you can depict an animal in a very beautiful, engaging way, while at the same time telling the viewer something compelling about that creature and its species’ natural history, or its individual experience,” Groo said. “I am usually seeking to do that.
“There will always be a place in my archives for beautiful, straightforward portraits,” she said, “but much of the time now I’m looking for something more. Something that teaches us or moves us.”
Wildlife photography appealed to Ashleigh for many reasons.
“I feel like I have always had a strong bond with animals,” she said. “I enjoy watching their behavior, and I’ve learned that they are incredibly similar to us. I have also liked traveling to new places and enjoyed the excitement of looking for and finding wildlife subjects,” she said. “Every day photographing wildlife is an adventure because you never know what you’ll see.”
Ashleigh wants to continue to use her photographs to draw attention to conservation, too.
“I would like to learn about how to make my images more conservation-based and look for opportunities to photograph species that are endangered or threatened,” she said. “I don’t just want to take pretty pictures. I want them to mean something and help make a difference in the way people look at wildlife.”
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Photo by Melissa Groo