Seven nature photographers confined by Covid-19
Nature photographers are people used to being outdoors. Our job (when we're not at home trying to sell photographs) consists of spending hours upon hours in the mountains, following wild animals, photographing landscapes at dawn, or lying on the ground between grass and mosses framing a small flower.
However, since mid-march, with the declaration of a “state of alarm” in Spain, we have been forced to remain locked up inside our homes to help fight the Covid-19 pandemic. And this happened right at the beginning of spring, the time of the year when we are busiest of all. It's a tough blow that will cause us considerable financial losses.
So here we all are, behind closed doors and away from the natural world that we love and need so much. But nature photographers are also used to having to wait hours or even days, whether it's staying motionless in a hiding place to capture the image of a bird, or eyeing that ray of good light to better capture a landscape. And even in the most inert of our cities, a glimpse of
life can be seen from the opening of a window: sparrows, pigeons, seagulls or swifts, a tree, some beautiful clouds or a rainy day remind us that the natural world is still out there and alive.
That is why seven nature photographers have opened an Instagram account – the photographic social network by antonomasia – with the name “Wild Confinement.” There we will share each day of the week images of nature taken from our homes during these days of confinement.
The idea came from Oscar Dominguez, who invited some professionals whose photographic philosophy is based on authenticity and respect for nature, until reaching the number of seven photographers, enough for each to publish at least one photograph a week. The goal is to stay active (since we can't work normally right now) and show positive images of the environment closest to us.