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Go wild for an animal photo exhibit

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What: Out Of The Wild

Who: Jeff Fitzpatrick, Gavin Duffell and Dave Humphreys

Where: Viseye Gallery

It takes patience and perseverance to work with animals, especially ones that aren’t trained to do tricks. But for three local photographers snapping creatures in their natural habitat has become a passion and a celebration.

Jeff Fitzpatrick, Gavin Duffell and Dave Humphreys have come together to show off their favourite photographs of animals for a new exhibit at the Viseye Gallery, in BBK’s Pub on Blackcomb. Titled Out Of The Wild, each photographer brings a range of animals to the wall in stunning light, unusual moods and up close and personal poses.

For Gavin Duffell, this exhibit is particularly exciting because it will be his first. The South African-born but Canada-based amateur photographer has been inspired by nature and conservation since he was a child.

"It’s a very hard topic to shoot but also one that’s very rewarding," he said. "When you’ve got a beautiful country like Canada, where the animals aren’t kept in cages or restricted by reserve fences, it’s an unpredictable assignment but unique and spectacular all at the same time."

He has selected some amazing images of birds and an elephant from Africa for the exhibit.

Jeff Fitzpatrick is well known for his work with grizzly bears on the north coast of B.C. He said photographing them was a rare and profound experience and has become one of his greatest passions. He’s included some of his best work in the exhibit.

Dave Humphreys you may remember from the WSSF pro photography search. For this exhibit, he’s hanging a mix of North American animals – a grizzly, bison, wolf, eagle and even a salmon.

"I love shooting wildlife because I love being outside," he said. "Wildlife usually entails camping which then allows me to wander with my camera because it’s one of the hardest forms of photography to get right."

A wolf shot he’ll be showing in the collection took six days and 400 images to achieve.

The official opening party was on Thursday, May 22 from 4 to 6 p.m. and each of the photographers was on hand to discuss their works and the effort that went into capturing these creatures on film.

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