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I am a specialist wildlife cameraman and Director of Photography, working in natural history, science and adventure films. This has taken me to hundreds of locations in more than 50 countries. I started as a trainee with the BBC Natural History Unit in 1995, went freelance in 1998, and continue to work for the BBC and various independents. Like all wildlife camera people, I am award-winning.
My experience includes lighting in the studio and on location, as well as sync and actuality filming. My technical specialities are long lens animal behaviour, extreme macro, time lapse, motion control, IR and low light, high speed cameras for slow motion, stabilised camera support systems, special effects and graphics work, etc. I am accustomed to working in dangerous and extreme environments.
I hold a full driving licence and am reasonably hygienic.
This isn't an exhaustive list, just some of the things that have kept me busy over the last few years.
Currently working on:
Dynasties- Painted Wolves, BBC NHU
Our Planet, Silverback/Netflix
Monkey Kingdom, Silverback/Disneynature
Nature Nuts with Julian Clary, OSF/ITV
North America, Wild Horizons/Discovery
Wonders of the Monsoon, BBC NHU
Wonders of Life, BBC Science
Afterlife: The Strange Science of Decay, BBC Scotland
Frozen Planet, BBC NHU
Casino Royale, EON/Sony Pictures
Nature's Great Events, BBC NHU
Life, BBC NHU
Ganges, BBC NHU
The Natural World: Earth Pilgrim, AGB Films/BBC NHU
Planet Earth, BBC NHU
Austin Stevens: Snakemaster, Tigress/Animal Planet
The Dolphin Murders, Tigress/Animal Planet
Big Cat Diary (Series 3,4 & 5), BBC NHU
That's about as far back as I can remember.
Here's where I get to tell you all about things I've seen, things I've done, and things I've smelled on public transport. Check back regularly or follow my Twitter feed to get updates on blog postings.
Here is a small selection of clips from edited shows that I have worked on.
This is a long-lens behaviour sequence from 'Africa', made by the BBC Natural History Unit. It was filmed in the Samburu region of Northern Kenya.
Another long-lens behaviour sequence from 'Wonders of the Monsoon', made by the BBC Natural History Unit. It was filmed in Sarawak, Malaysia.
This is mainly a macro and slow motion behaviour sequence, from the 'Africa' series. It was filmed in Egypt.
MAKING OF SILVER ANTS
One of those 'behind the scenes' bits about how we filmed the silver ants sequence. It was mainly filmed by Felicity Lanchester but it's mildly entertaining and contains a few of my ant shots that didn't make it in to the main sequence.
This page is regularly updated with picture sets from current and recent projects, as well as a few of my favourites from the archive.
They currently include some behind-the-scenes shots by talented director/producer/photographer Nick Lyon. Since January 2015, we've been working together on a one-hour film about painted wolves, or African hunting dogs, in Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe. It's part of the Dynasties series, being made by the BBC Natural History Unit, for broadcast on BBC1 in 2018. Many thanks to Nick for letting me use his images. You can see more of his work and contact him here.
Also on show here is a small selection of my black-and-white fine art images. They are picked from a number of ongoing projects, so the subject matter here is quite varied. I use traditional analogue film cameras, of every size from 35mm to 5x4 inch. The film is processed by hand and silver gelatin prints are made in the darkroom to archival standards. For the full galleries and information on print sales, please visit slossphoto.co.uk.
The archive gallery contains pictures taken behind the scenes at various locations over the years. Not all of them are suitable for adult intellects. Thanks to everyone who has contributed images to this.
You can also check out my Instagram feed for my latest work.
As always, all images are subject to copyright and should not be reproduced without permission of the photographers concerened.
Careers in Wildlife Film-making
I get a lot of emails from people wanting advice on the best way to get into the television industry so I’ve decided to post a few tips here, based on my experiences and the questions that people have asked. I’m going to concentrate on the wildlife side of things and on camera work specifically as this is what I know best. However, much of this will apply to the industry as a whole.