10-18 11:37 | YT: The work of an ecological photographer
Huang Yifeng works in ecological photograpy who observes animals that are wild, as well as those who live around us. He has recorded his ecological observations in two books. In this video, Huang shares some of the most interesting excerpts from his book on nature.
My name is Huang Yifeng. I have different identities. Ecological photographer, a painter, or an author. Of course, my most important identity right now, is as a lecturer in natural ecology.
Someone said it's very cool to be an ecological photographer. Even just mentioning the term 'ecological photographer'. To be honest, I think my job is similar to that of the paparazzi. Like, I have to get up early and go to bed later than those I'm photographing. All I need to do is wait, and wait, when I'm working.
When I first visited a tropical rainforest, I felt like I was in a scene from Jurassic Park. You know, you see monkeys jumping about or a wild boar looking for food under trees. I visited the Borneo rainforest 24 times. When we mention Borneo, we think about orangutans, or the other popular kind, proboscis monkeys, who have the longest nose amongst monkeys.
Beside these large mammals, the others I like observing the most are the smaller insects, or even amphibians. The most attractive thing to me is the way they can camouflage. Some animals can camouflage into something else to protect themselves. Much like mantes can camouflage with orchids. I can't help thinking that the Mantes chant a spell saying, 'you can't see me', when hiding amongst flowers.
If you see a duster cloth flying in the sky, don't be surprised. It's a mammal called the flying lemur. It's actually not flying but gliding. When you do see a smaller glider flying on top of you, it may be a flying lizard.
I've written 'The Practical Know-how of Becoming an Observer in the Wild' and 'Collecting Natural Marvels to Enrich Our Lives'. Ecological observation should be something that’s original to humans. People sometimes travel about, trying to observe things, whilst forgetting to start with their own gardens and parks.
There are lots of images in the books. I had studied art before. It's not a surprise to see elements of collages and paintings in these books. There is a series called 'City Life in a Leaf'. I collected tons of leaves in parks, and green belts along city streets. Then I painted some animals on these leaves. All these animals are living in cities. In Taipei city series, I painted many leaves with owls, light-vented bulbuls, the Japanese white-eye, and sparrows.
For ecological observation, all you need to do is find the singing bird by following its singing. Or find the insect by following some green leaves.These are some of the easier ways to make your life interesting.