Working to a Brief

The life of a working nature photographer has changed beyond recognition. The days of funded commissions are long gone, but the merits of working to a brief remain worthwhile for all photographers. Peter Cairns explores

I can’t comment for other working photographers but the days when the phone rang regularly with big fat juicy commissions; the days when clients came to me almost waving a cheque in my face, they are now gone and I know they are not coming back. Gone too is the worth of charging around the planet cherry-picking images of charismatic mega fauna and blue chip landscapes. The world doesn’t need any more polar bear pictures or jaw-dropping interpretations of Monument Valley…

Read this and many more articles in High Definition inside Issue 47 of Landscape Photography Magazine.

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Peter Cairns

Based in the heart of the Cairngorms, Peter Cairns is an award-winning nature photographer with over 10 years’ professional experience under his belt. He is a founding director of The Wild Media Foundation, the social enterprise behind the 2020VISION multimedia project.

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