Interview with a Photographer Featuring Oliver Tweedie

Interview with a Photographer Featuring Oliver Tweedie

Cotton Carrier: Where do you call home?

Oliver Tweedie: I currently call Victoria, Vancouver Island home

CC: How long have you taken photographs for unprofessionally and professionally?

OT: Around 5-6 years

Oliver using his CCS G3 Harness while out taking photographs.

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CC: How would you define your style as a photographer?

OT: Naturalist. I try to keep everything as close to the natural look of the photo.

CC: Where is your favorite place or thing to shoot?

OT: In the mountains looking for pygmy owls

CC: What Camera(s) / Lenses do you use?

OT: The Sony 7iii with the sony 200-600mm lens

CC: What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done to get “The Shot”?

OT: Climbed trees and scaled cliff faces to get eye level with pygmy owls

CC: Who has inspired you as a photographer?

OT: Robert Irwin’s photography and as of late Colin Franks photography

CC: What advice would you tell an aspiring photographer?

OT: Get out there and have a go! There’s nothing more rewarding then being out there and capturing those unique moments in time

----------Note about the Photographer--------------

Oliver Tweedie is a photographer who works with our 1% For The Planet Partner Raincoast Conservation. His images of the Belted Kingfishers (T̸ETĆELE in SENĆOŦEN) have been used throughout their recent campaign - Details below

Raincoast Conservation Foundation and the Pender Islands Conservancy are currently raising funds to purchase and protect KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest on S,DÁYES (Pender Island, B.C. Canada).
KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest is located in W̱SÁNEĆ territory and is home to rare and threatened ecosystems characteristic to the Coastal Douglas-fir biogeoclimatic zone. It is home to over 100 bird species, including the property’s namesake: belted kingfishers (pictured below).
The collection of ecosystems that make up the Coastal Douglas-fir (CDF) biogeoclimatic zone are among the most biodiverse in Canada with some of the greatest carbon storage potential. They are also among the most threatened in Canada. Protecting these forests is an investment in our collective future.
Behind the name: KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest
KELÁ_EKE is the original SENĆOŦEN name for Razor Point, that lies on the shores of Plumper Sound. According to Dave Elliot Sr., member of the Tsartlip Nation and author of Saltwater People, KELÁ_EKE refers to their observation of a distinct population of inland crows whose calls differ from other crow populations around the Salish Sea.Belted Kingfishers, T̸ETĆELE in SENĆOŦEN, are widespread across North America. Though listed as a species of least concern, their population numbers have been in decline for the past two decades largely due to their sensitivity to human disturbance. Kingfishers need access to bodies of water for feeding and earthen banks for nesting. They are often spotted perching above still water to scout their prey prior to diving in headfirst to snatch a fish. Their reliance on the interface between land and water make kingfishers the perfect namesake for this coastal property.
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CC: Can you share a photographic resource you personally use?

OT: Pretty stock standard answer but I’m always on e-bird checking for sightings of birds I want to see.

CC: How has photography shaped your day to day?

OT: Keeps me young and fit. Has got me out of the house a lot more. Feels like I’m playing a constant game of Pokémon

CC: Where has photography taken you, and made you experience?

OT: The most scenic places you can imagine. Vancouver Island is like a big Jurassic park at times. And I just love being up to watch the sunrise and chase after some amazing wildlife with my camera.

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