Chris Weston became a professional wildlife photographer in 2001 in order to follow his passion for what he describes as “the extraordinary behavior of wildlife”. His contemporary approach to photography led to Amateur Photographer magazine describing him as “One of the most dynamic wildlife photographers working today.”
He specializes in photographing mammals and endangered species and is renowned for his ability to connect with wildlife and reveal the often hidden personalities of his subjects. His work is published globally, with clients including the BBC, ITV, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The Guardian, and National Geographic. Recently, his ‘underground’ image of a galloping zebra was selected by The Sunday Times magazine for its feature titled “The Year’s Best Animal Photographs”.
Chris’s work is driven by conservation. His iconic book Animals on the Edge: Reporting from the Frontline of Extinction, written in conjunction with the IUCN, has been described as “The most up-to-date visual survey of our world’s rare and endangered species.” And he has been named by Outdoor Photography magazine as one of the world’s “40 Most Influential” wildlife photographers.
Based in Welwyn, just north of London, I specialise in photographing and filming live performance (particularly classical music), contextual portraiture, wildlife and nature.
My background in the classical music industry has given me a deep insight into the sensitivities of performers and I endeavour to bring that out in my images, whether it is a moment of calm composure or artistic anguish. My clients range from individual performers to symphony orchestras and I have built up strong relationships with many of the UK’s top concert halls through the use of specially prepared silent and remote controlled cameras.
This is balanced by a lifelong love of black & white imagery and especially infra-red photography. Using specially modified FujiFilm cameras I capture scenes entirely composed of invisible infra-red light, producing an alternative view of reality – beyond visible light.
As an experienced photographic teacher, I give lectures and seminars throughout the UK and have led workshops all round the world on wildlife and landscape photography.