JOHN TIDDY

John-Tiddy-Night-Hunter

Night Hunter, 9 March 2018
Monochrome Pigment print on archival cotton rag paper (commonly described as a Giclée Print.)
Unframed
42 x 52cm
$440 (inclusive of postage and handling within Australia)

Often when we see owls in the day time they look sleepy and uninterested in us. This boobook had been resting near a juvenile boobook when my approach disturbed it and it flew to another branch about five metres away. The eyes are not sleepy. It is the look of a predator. The hooked beak and sharp talons are witness to its hunting prowess. In their natural world of darkness they can be particularly aggressive in defence of their young.

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John-Tiddy-Smoke-Hawk

Smoke Hawk, 12 March 2020
Pigment print on archival cotton rag paper (commonly described as a Giclée Print.)
Unframed
42 x 59cms
Weight: under 500gm
$340 (inclusive of postage and handling within Australia)

The image although titled “Smoke Hawk” is of a Black Kite. Black Kites are one of three species of Australian raptors that spread fire by dropping burning twigs/embers ahead of a fire. This behaviour has been witnessed in Northern Australia but this particular bird was photographed near Pomonal, Victoria. I do not think the burning behaviour has been witnessed in Victoria, thus I have taken a degree of license when I incorporated smoke into my image to represent this behaviour.

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JOHN TIDDY

John Tiddy is an outdoor photographer based in Western Victoria, Australia. His clients have ranged from semi-government organisations to corporations. He has written and illustrated articles with a nature slant for both Australian and International magazines. His photographs have appeared in books, magazines, calendars and greeting cards. John now concentrates his efforts on personal projects.

Although John is better known for his minimalist style of photographing smaller creatures against a pure white background in his field studio, he is equally enthusiastic about photographing birds. Birds by necessity are usually not shot against a white background, although John has been experimenting with this at the WAMA site. A lot of John’s photographs are taken from a hide and there is something special in “bird voyeurism” where birds can be watched behaving naturally, totally unaware of the watcher. Although photographing the smaller birds is extremely satisfying, there is nothing like the appearance of one of the birds of prey to quicken the pulse. John Tiddy – “When I am alone in the bush I feel at one with nature. My senses are heightened as I search for images of the natural world that move me and that I can share with others. My hope is that my images of nature will stir similar emotions in viewers of my work to those that I felt when creating them and that viewers will then be moved to follow this up with an understanding of the importance of all creatures in the biosphere.”

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