Wild habitats. We will lose something deep within ourselves if we allow wilderness to disappear.  Wilderness is the core of the natural world and as Roszak (1992:14) points out it is a place where consciously or unconsciously “human nature is densely embedded”.

It is only through a sense of feeling for these extraordinary wild animals that wilderness has the potential to be protected into the future.

As a photographer I have sought to convey the subtle qualities and instinctive character of the animal in the wild, rather than the spectacle of the kill.  My work reflects quiet images.

I work as a Visual Arts lecturer at the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. This body of work has been photographed in the game reserves of Southern Africa.  Alongside, I have done award-winning design work for environmental and social non-governmental organisations as part of my contribution to the world.

The fragile wilderness series defends the intrinsic value of wild animals in wilderness environments. These natural ecosystems and the species that find a home in them, gift the world with biodiversity, precious water sources, vital gene pools, enriched learning and the revitalisation of the human spirit. 

Where the wild things are series critically explores the way animals have been domesticated, contained and traded in contemporary society. The human hand coexists as intimate gesture and expression of restraint. The use of the colour blue reflects a contradiction: its association with sombre thoughts, and conceptual french artist Yves Klein's understanding of the colour as an "open window to freedom". 

© 2017 by MARGOT MUIR.