James Lewin is a self-taught British Fine Art Wildlife Photographer and Conservationist focusing on African Wildlife. He found his eye for photography after discovering his passion for conservation in Kenya.
His fine art style developed swiftly as he attempted to connect people with East Africa's magnificent yet disappearing wildlife. He found an immersive and intimate approach was most effective in achieving this. To capture his striking portraits, he prefers working with wide-angle lenses from unique perspectives unknown to any living person creating a detachment from reality while making the viewer feel as if they are right beside the animals within the frame.
James finds cloudy skies a critical element for creating drama within a scene, which is accentuated in black and white from a low angle. Black and white also creates a timeless feel about James’ images, as one associate's black and white photography with history. It is as if the subjects within the frame are no more.
James is an avid conservationist, holding fundraisers, talks and donating prints to charity auctions. He views his work as a powerful tool to raise funds for the animals he admires and spends time with. 20% of each sale supports organizations working to protect the animals within the frames and the surrounding communities. James was also part of "Prints for Wildlife" together with 150 leading photographers, which raised $660,000 for African Parks Network in 2020.
Having minimal impact on the planet is of equal importance to James. Each adventure is Carbon Neutral by purchasing carbon credits with a community-owned carbon project (verified by VCS & CCBS) located between two ecosystems in Southern Kenya that he works in regularly. The project is securing a critical habitat that forms a vital corridor connecting the Tsavo-Amboseli ecosystem and benefits over 70,000 local livelihoods.
James is one of the only wildlife photographers to produce traditional Silver Gelatin and Platinum Palladium prints. Not only far superior in archival rating, but they also provide an unrivaled tonal range and three-dimensionality, truly bringing James' pieces to life. James is working with some of the very best printers in the world to create these rare prints to extreme sizes.
James' work has been awarded in several International Photography Awards, including the Monochrome Awards, ND Awards and Outdoor Photographer of the Year. James is represented by Cricket Fine Art Gallery (UK) and Isabella Garrucho Fine Art Gallery (USA).
James produces limited edition fine art prints in black and white and uses them as a tool to raise vital funds for conservation work in Africa. James prefers working with wide-angle lenses from unique perspectives unknown to any living person to create a detachment from reality while making the viewer feel as if they are right beside the animals within the frame. This technique allows for striking, intimate images with minimal distractions and clean backdrops, allowing the subject to be illuminated and connected to the viewer. James has always found cloudy skies a critical element for creating drama within a scene, which is further accentuated in black and white from a low angle. Black and white also helps create a timeless feel about James’ images, as one associate's black and white photography with history, as if the subjects within the frame are no more. A perfect example of this is the big tusker elephants with their enormous tusks, similar to those of a mammoth from thousands of years ago. Most people do not know of their existence. By portraying them in black and white, it makes them appear even more prehistoric than they are while showing people how incredible it is, that they have survived to exist in this day age and how vital their need for protection is.
James has held fundraisers and talks on conservation as well as donating prints to charity auctions. He has also been recognized in several International Photography Awards, including the Monochrome Awards and Outdoor Photographer of the Year.
James donates proportions of his profits to conservation charities to ensure the protection of the animals he has photographed and spent time with, specifically the Big Tusker Elephants that he has got to know so well and who has become his greatest passion.
James is represented by Isabella Garrucho Fine Art Gallery in Greenwich, USA and Cricket Fine Art Gallery in London & Hungerford, UK.