16 July – January 2017
TRAI ANFIELD : THE TROPHY ROOM
“Merely seeing a species is rarely meaningful – what matters for me is the quality of encounter for both the photographer and the subject – that’s what stays with us for life.”
Trai Anfield is a natural history photographer, film maker and presenter based in North East England. She began her working life as a Countryside Ranger, then graduated as a Met Office meteorologist, before being recruited by the BBC. Trai is best known in the north east for her 10 years as BBC Look North weather forecaster, environment reporter and film maker.
In 2012 she moved on to present BBC Radio 4’s flagship natural history programme, The Living World, and to set up her ethically inspired production company Enlightened Media. Through Enlightened Photographic Safaris she also leads photography expeditions around the world.
Trai’s ongoing concerns around climate change and species conservation are evident throughout her portfolio, and she attributes the development of her photographic style to the intimacy and involvement she seeks with each subject. The powerful dynamics of connection she creates between her viewer and subject are striking, and sometimes unsettling, but each image is ultimately a celebration of the species and the individual.
“I hope viewers will experience my photographs in the same way that my guests experience safari with me: it’s not about careering around the wild places frantically tickling species off a list, but quietly considering each animal we are privileged to encounter, gaining more understanding of its nature, behaviour and circumstance, and trying to convey something of its essence and its experience of the world. Merely seeing a species is rarely meaningful – what matters to me s the qualify of encounter for both the photographer and the subject – that’s what stays with us for life”.
Talking about this exhibition Trai says “With the Trophy Room portraits I wanted to invite comparison between the skill required in wildlife photography and those required for trophy hunting. My challenge to all trophy hunters is pick up a camera instead! We use the same field craft, and experience the same adrenaline rush from proximity to the animals. But to my mind the technical and artistic aspects of photography mean that more skill and understanding is required to successfully photograph an endangered species than simply to shoot it. For me photography offers a sustainable alternative to trophy hunting, and ultimately a far more satisfying experience for all involved.”
Enlightened Media and Enlightened Photographic Safaris support numerous charities through their Community and Conservation Commitment. The company donates or produces photograph and films for organisations they support on a not for profit basis. To date in 2016 films for Lifespan, St Oswald’s Hospice and the Children’s Heart Unit Fund have helped raise over £625,000. Trai is currently planning two further charitable partnerships for autumn 2016: to donate an educative film to the Kwazulu Natal Black Rhino Project in South Africa, and to collaborate with Gorilla Doctors in Rwanda. Trai is also a Patron of Friends of Red Kites, Lifespan and ME North East here in the UK.
More of Trai’s film, photography and photographic safaris can be viewed at www.enlightenedmedia.net
Trai Anfield: The Trophy Room
Wildlife Photographs on exhibition at St Mary’s Inn from Saturday 16 July to January 2017
St Mary’s Inn,
St Mary’s Lane, St Mary’s Park,
Morpeth, Northumberland NE61 6BL
Exhibition open daily until January 2017
T 01670 293293
Press Images available from Trai Anfield
Press contact Nicky Sherman at
T: 0191 2123000
All images © Trai Anfield 2016
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