FOOTPRINTS

Take only photographs, leave only footprints

"TAKE ONLY PHOTOGRAPHS, LEAVE ONLY FOOTPRINTS"

 

- Nature Photographer's Mantra -

Launched in 2019, Footprints is a long-term commitment to improve the legacy my photography leaves behind.

When I share a photo on social media I hope it connects with someone;
- brightening their day, or fostering interest in the natural world.

That's what Footprints is all about.

When someone buys a print I want that to have a positive impact;
- by directing a portion of the sale to fund environmental projects.

Sustainability

SUSTAINABILITY

I am committed to improving the sustainability of my photography from shoot to print

 
Sustainability in the field
In The Field

 

I practice environmentally-friendly photography, showing respect to the places and creatures I photograph, and making responsible travel choices as far as possible.

Sustainable local printers
Local Printers

 

Though I sell worldwide, I choose local printers where possible, to avoid overseas shipping, and support local print labs.

Plastic-Free
Plastic-Free

 

Shipments are as plastic-free as possible, using paper and cardboard for packaging.

Sustainability in printing
Prints

 

I choose sustainable papers, and fine art printers with a strong ethical stance.

Sustainable timber stocks
Managed Timbers

 

The wood used for my canvas prints is FSC-certified, sustainably sourced, and managed.

Sustainability & Recyling
Recycling

 

Packaging is recycled and/or recyclable. Please continue this circular process by re-using or recycling unneeded packaging after use.

Forest of trees
a tree planted for every print sold

BUY ONE, GET ONE TREE

For every print sold, a portion of the proceeds will go to the World Land Trust, to fund the planting and care of a new tree.

As part of their Plant a Tree programme, they will nurture a sapling from seed, plant it where it's most needed, and protect the tree in perpetuity, to help restore a damaged habitat for wildlife. Seeds are carefully gathered from local forests, to ensure that the ecosystem is maintained with native species.

 

WHY TREES?

Of course there are a range of environmental causes I could have chosen, but for me it had to be the planting of trees and restoration of woodland habitats.

planting trees
trees

I love trees. I love being around trees, I love the way they look, and I love what they do.

planting trees
trees

I love how long-term trees are. They're an investment in our future, and they'll be standing tall for decades or centuries after I'm gone.

planting trees
trees

Trees clean the air; removing harmful chemicals, absorbing carbon-dioxide, and producing oxygen.

planting trees
trees

Trees are proven to have a positive influence on mental health; reducing stress and alleviating depression.

planting trees
trees

By protecting and planting trees, we're also creating habitats for a myriad of other species, repairing ecosystems, mitigating against flooding and drought, and promoting biodiversity.

Misty Forest Layers

THE WORLD LAND TRUST

After much research, I chose to support The World Land Trust.

What I like about WLT is that they aren't just planting trees. They're buying up land in carefully chosen locations, which can be dedicated for nature, and then planting saplings, grown from seed by local people, and protecting them in situ until maturity. It's long-term thinking, and it's the most positive direct action I can think of.

Two of my personal inspirations are patrons;
Chris Packham and Sir David Attenborough.