Wex Inspired: Keeping Scotland wild with Peter Cairns
Friday 29th March 3pm-5pm
"What I’m really passionate about is what photography can do. And what it can do is make you think and make you feel.”
In this seminar, conservation photographer Peter Cairns will take us through his own journey into photography and his changing perspectives over two decades of wild adventures. From capturing single images in his own backyard to major visual media communications projects, Peter will discuss how he tells his stories to promote change in the world around him.
'Scotland: The Big Picture' is a project in which Peter is involved which works collaboratively by building a community desinged to influence, inform and inspire innovative thinking around the benefits of a wilder Scotland.
It wasn’t so long ago that wild forests teeming with life covered much of Scotland. Creatures from salmon and trout, to wolves, eagles and wild boars called Scotland home. Today, although it’s easy to be drawn in by the landscapes and natural beauty, Scotland has become one of the most ecologically drained nations on Earth. Our large carnivores have gone. Our soils are malnourished and across millions of acres, a barren, degraded landscape supports very little life.
This doesn’t have to be this way. Peter and his team are working on a bold vision for the future where native woodlands begin to regenerate; where damaged turfs are restored; where rivers run freely and where oceans are full of life.
This is the vision of a wilder Scotland – a place where nature works and where both people and wildlife flourish.
Based in the Scottish Highlands, Peter Cairns is a nature photographer and videographer with 20 years of professional experience under his belt. Co-founder of conservation media projects such as Tooth & Claw, Wild Wonders of Europe and 2020VISION, Peter is now Director of SCOTLAND: The Big Picture, a social enterprise dedicated to communicating the potential of a wilder Scotland. Peter is a serving Board Member of Scottish rewilding charity Trees for Life, and a Senior Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers.