Andrew Fusek Peters

His life as a photographer is recent. For 25 years he wrote children’s and YA books and performed in schools here and abroad. About 10 years ago, ee found himself moving away from fiction and towards nature. This began with returning wild swimming, which he had done all his life, but now with a new passion that led onto his book Dip. After that came the camera. A new hobby that quickly transformed into a completely new career. If someone had told him from a standing start 7 years ago, he would now be immersing himself in local woods and farms, nature reserves, collaborations with conservation groups, and that he would photograph curlews and hobbies in flight and catch the milky way reflected in Wildmoor Pool on the Longmynd; and if someone had told him that his photos would be published in books and the national papers – he would have said ‘no way’. This is unexpected and humbling.

He has found a new relationship with the landscape, with dusk, dawn and the night beyond; with the way light falls before sunrise and how it blooms sometimes after sunset into an intensity that appears miraculous. He has held a road-injured hawfinch in his hands, stalked the utterly rare Leucistic red kite in Shropshire and found, with help, where little owls perch by day. His current passion is photographing butterflies in flight. Of course, he loves the moments of success, when the world agrees here is something special, but he also has a concern that people might be moved by these pictures and for a second realise we have a lot to lose if we forget to care for nature. All his photos are taken in the wild and not in deer parks, paid for hides or set up locations. For him, there is real joy in developing relationships with farmers, conservation groups and landowners and working incredibly hard to find, observe and photograph wildlife without disturbance. The only exceptions are his garden bird feeding shots and nature reserves with bird hides. Links to Andrew’s recent publications in media:

Moon rise at the Devil's Needle Devil's Chair Stiperstones
Black darter dragonflies with sunset
Dark green fritillary flight sequence
Black darter dragonfly female roosting as the moon rises Sympetrum danae.  sunset Long Mynd nature reserve
Silver studded blue butterfly at sunset, on bell heather
Flared wing of a robin
Songthrush singing
Nuthatch in flight
Long-tailed tit in flight
Blue tit in flight
Female blackbirds mid-air fighting
Moon rise at the Devil's Needle Devil's Chair Stiperstones
Moon rise at the Devil's Needle Devil's Chair Stiperstones
Moon rise at the Devil's Needle Devil's Chair Stiperstones
Sunset at Manstone Rock Stiperstones
Dusk at Manstone Rock Stiperstones with snow
Sunset at Diamond Rock with snow Stiperstones
Sunset at Diamond Rock with snow Stiperstones
Sunset at Diamond Rock with snow Stiperstones
Pony at dawn on the Long Mynd
Moonrise over Manstone Rock Stiperstones
Comet Neowise at Manstone Rock, Stiperstones, Shropshire
Sunset at Manstone Rock Stiperstones
Sunset over the Devil's Chair Stiperstones
Sunset over the Devil's Chair Stiperstones
Sunset over the Devil's Chair Stiperstones
Star trails through my window during Lockdown, Shropshire
Moonrise over Manstone Rock Stiperstones
Sunset at Diamond Rock Stiperstones
Pony at dawn on the Long Mynd
Harvest moon rising over Caradoc from the Long Mynd
Harvest moon rising over Caradoc from the Long Mynd
Milky way over Soulton Long Barrow
Moonrise over Clun Castle
Moonrise over Manstone Rock Stiperstones
Star trails at Lightspout Waterfall, Long Mynd
Dawn with heather in bloom on the Long Mynd
Moonrise over Ludlow Castle
Milky way panorama at Long Mynd
Milky way above Manstone Rock, Stiperstones, Shropshire
Summer dusk light at the Devil's Chair Stiperstones
In deep winter at dawn on the Long Mynd
Mist below Cranberry Rock Stiperstones
Sunset at Diamond Rock Stiperstones
Intense dusk light at Manstone Rock
Moonrise over Devil's Chair Stiperstones
Moonrise over Devil's Chair Stiperstones
Dawn on the Long Mynd with heather in bloom
from Long Mynd the view to Caradoc Lawley and the Wrekin
View to Caradoc and the Wrekin from Long Mynd
Male Orange Tip in flight off forget-me-not
European honey bee flying in the lavender field
European honey bee in flight
Green hairstreak butterfly in flight
European honey bee in flight
Small tortoiseshell butterfly in flight
White tailed bumblebee on Echinacea
Hummingbird hawkmoth  feeding on valerian flowers
Hummingbird hawkmoth  feeding on valerian flowers
Hummingbird hawkmoth  feeding on valerian flowers
Dark green fritillary butterfly in flight
Clouded yellow butterfly  on Lucerne flowers
silhouette of a Small Heath butterfly at sunset
silhouette of a Small Heath butterfly at sunset
Wood white butterfly  female in flight
Wood white butterfly  female in flight
Wood white butterfly  female  egg laying
Comma butterfly in flight  named
Marbled white butterfly flight sequence
Marbled white butterfly in flight
Marbled white butterfly in flight
Silver-washed Fritillary female butterfly in flight
Silver-washed Fritillary female butterfly in flight
Cabbage white butterfly in flight
Wall butterfly flight sequence
Brimstone butterfly in flight
Brimstone butterfly in flight
Brimstone butterfly in flight
Brimstone butterfly in flight sequence
Peacock butterfly flight sequence
Dark green fritillary in flight
Dark green fritillary flight sequence
Painted lady butterfly flight sequence
Painted lady butterfly in flight
Silver-washed fritillary butterfly in flight
Common Blue male  in flight
Common Blue female  flight sequence
Silver studded blue butterfly at sunset
Silver studded blue butterflies mating
Silver studded blue on bell heather
Orange-tip female egg laying
female orange-tip in flight
Mating orange-tip butterflies
Male Orange-Tip feeding on dandelion
Male Orange-Tip in flight
Common blue butterfly female at sunset
Four-spotted chaser dragonfly at sunset
Black darter dragonfly overed in dew
Black darter dragonfly with sunset
Speckled wood butterfly flight sequence
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