Piece description from the artist
This is one of those shots that a special to me. It tells a story. For me the Shrimp Boat in the background was my subject. I would never have evan included the building to the left. But…. The Egret flew in while I was doing an image of the boat and started squawking thru the door until the people inside started throwing fish out to him. This continued for about 20 min so I thought that I had really missed the mark and the opportunity to capture this became foremost in my mind!
This was taken on a Fuji GW 690III camera in the 6×9 format on Fuji Acros 100 film.
A landscape, wildlife, and fine art photographer for 45 years, Mark Hilliard has traveled the world in pursuit of his photographic visions.
He began dabbling in black and white photography at the early age of 13; the hobby quickly became a lasting and important part of his life. Before accepting a position with Eastman Kodak in the early 1980's, he traveled extensively as a member of the U.S. Navy. And after retiring from Eastman Kodak in the mid-90s, Mark started taking nature photographs on a full time basis in upstate New York.
In 1997, Mark moved to Murrells Inlet, South Carolina where he lived aboard a small boat. He spent this time exploring and photographing the waterways, islands, and wildlife of the Low Country. He is now a well-known and respected advocate for the environment.
When asked about his philosophy on nature photography he says, “I tend to concentrate on the smaller, secret side of nature that most people overlook, a different view on the world that surrounds us each and every day. I work in color, but black & white photography and infrared photography have a special place in my heart; they tend to show a different view of things we pass by every day. I look at my photographs as portraits of nature rather than pictures, and I often spend hours with a single subject.”