Task 1 (12 points)
Read an interview with a wildlife photographer. Put the letter (A-N) of the appropriate question in the gap (1-12). Use each question only once. There is one extra question which you do not need to use. An example (0) has been given.
Here we bring you an exciting interview with a renowned nature photographer Marina Cano, one of the finest wildlife photographers today, known for her vivid display of wildlife excellence with a great touch of art.
0. When did you take up wildlife photography?
At the age of 16 I started shooting wildlife simply because it was readily available to me. I am fortunate in that I have the biggest wildlife park in Europe right on my doorstep. Cabárceno Park is just 20 minutes from my home town of Santander in Cantabria, Spain, and it houses more than 100 different species, all free to roam in huge open spaces. I love shooting there; it is my favorite place outside of Africa to photograph wildlife.
My passion for photography was ignited the first time I picked up a camera. My father was an amateur photographer and his love for it was passed down to me. I love everything about nature, landscape, animals, everything wild, where you can’t see the human hand.
Being passionate, patient and being in love with the wild.
To be close to them makes me feel instantly at peace. I feel completely relaxed; you don’t need to demonstrate anything. The last moving moment was just observing a couple of lynx, and suddenly a flock of starlings flew above us, breaking the silent scene with their wing sounds.
When you go there, you can find such a diversity of wildlife. I try to be ready for expecting the unexpected.
Most of the wildlife photographers I know are male. I don’t know why, because there isn’t any difference in the gender behind the camera. Photography is about creativity and creativity doesn’t distinguish between male or female.
I love it because every single day is different, unexpected, you can only wait and be ready for everything.
White bears in Alaska, whales in South Africa; although I’ve been there, it was not the time for whales. Puffins on the Farne Islands are also on my to-do list next month.
Through the Internet, photography has a great influence and gets to a huge audience. Some images can touch people’s hearts. I think the more you know about nature, the more you love it.
A good picture should impact you for any reason, the subject, the moment, the light, the action, originality, creativity, or a combination of some of them.
Steve Bloom was my first reference, the first one I started to admire and I still do. His photography has impact and touches many people’s hearts and my own one.
I have never lost confidence and have kept trying, trying and trying.
Learn to see and trust the camera you have. Try close to your house, at a zoo or the countryside around you, and then, if you feel a real passion, you are ready to try harder to become a wildlife.
What makes you pursue this thrilling genre of photography?
What makes animals so special for you?
Can you mention some basic traits for being a wildlife photographer?
When did you take up wildlife photography?
What has helped you achieve so much?
What species are you planning to take pictures of?
Could you tell us what role photography plays in your life?
Which photographer has been the greatest influence on you?
Can photography change people’s attitude towards endangered species?
In your view, what makes the best wildlife picture?
What kindled your interest in wildlife photography?
When on a safari, do you look for specific species?
What advice can you give to those aspiring to photography?
Have you ever felt the pressure of being a woman photographer?