James Lewin is a rapidly emerging British Fine Art Wildlife Photographer and Conservationist focusing on African Wildlife. He found his eye for photography after discovering his passion for conservation in Kenya.
His fine art style swiftly developed in his attempt to connect people with East Africa's magnificent yet disappearing wildlife. He found an immersive and intimate approach was most effective in achieving this. To capture his striking portraits, he prefers working with wide-angle lenses from unique perspectives unknown to any living person creating a detachment from reality while making the viewer feel like they are beside the animals within the frame.
James' photographs have a timeless feel and convey that his wildlife subjects are endangered and could only be remembered through photography. He finds Black & White a powerful reminder of this as people often associate Black & White photography with history.
James is an avid conservationist, holding fundraisers, talks and donating prints to charity auctions. He views his work as a powerful tool to raise funds for the animals he admires and spends time with. Up to 20% of each sale supports organisations protecting the animals within the frames and the surrounding communities. James was also part of "Prints for Wildlife" with 150 leading photographers, which has raised $1.7m for African Parks Network since 2020.
Having minimal impact on the planet is of equal importance to James. Each adventure is Carbon Neutral by purchasing carbon credits with a community-owned carbon project (verified by VCS & CCBS) located between two ecosystems in Southern Kenya that he works in regularly. The project secures a critical habitat that forms a vital corridor connecting the Tsavo-Amboseli ecosystem and benefits over 70,000 local livelihoods.
James is one of the only wildlife photographers to produce traditional Silver Gelatin and Platinum Palladium prints. Not only far superior in archival rating, but they also provide an unrivalled tonal range and three-dimensionality, truly bringing James' pieces to life. James is working with some of the very best printers in the world to create these rare prints to extreme sizes.
James' work has been awarded in a number of International Photography Awards, including the Monochrome Awards, Nature's Best Awards, Monovisions Photography Awards, ND Awards and Outdoor Photographer of the Year. Recently in 2021, James was ranked the number 1 B&W photographer in the UK and number 4 globally in the One Eyeland Top 10 B&W Photographers Awards. This included winning Gold, Silver & Bronze in the Wildlife Category. James is currently a Hasselblad Masters Finalist with a public vote open until 31stOctober 2021.
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