Card number 2 in the Tree-Free Canada Arts series is this striking image of Puffins by photographer Megan Lorenz. We were floored by Megan’s portfolio and had a difficult time just choosing one image. In the end, we chose the whimsical image above.
Your name and what do you do?
My name is Megan Lorenz and I’m a Wildlife Photographer who enjoys nature and exploring the outdoors. I live in the GTA but spend much of my time in Northern Ontario capturing animals and landscapes that inspire me.
What drew you to this medium?
Animals have always been such a big part of my life and growing up I was drawn to nature documentaries and magazines with incredible imagery. I never would have dreamed that I would one day be a Wildlife Photographer, but I believe it’s what I was always meant to do. Photography and travel has opened my eyes and given me a great appreciation for the diversity of animals and their habitats which need to be protected.
Whose work inspired you to get into this field?
I can still remember the first image that really spoke to me, it was “Brother Wolf” by photographer Jim Brandenburg and is still a favorite of mine today. There have been many photographers over the years who continue to inspire me…Frans Lanting, Art Wolfe, Thomas Mangelsen, Joel Sartore. All incredible photographers who also have that special ability to tell stories with their photos and remind us of the importance of protecting our planet.
What subject matter brings you the most joy?
Wildlife, wildlife and more wildlife.
What would you consider a quintessential Canadian image?
One of the best things about Canada is our vastly different seasons. Images that feel “Canadian” to me would be Red Fox in the snow with their full winter coats, Loons on reflecting water, Moose surrounded by fall colours, Snowy Owls with blue sky, elusive Canada Lynx on a snowy day and the differences between the summer/winter coats of Snowshoe Hares, Pine Martens and more.
What themes do you pursue?
I tend to take close and personal images which I hope viewers feel a connection.
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
I’ve heard over and over that some of my images look like they’ve been created, photoshopped (composite image) or painted. I believe in creating the best possible image in the camera and doing very little post-processing. Sometimes you just get lucky and witness a moment that doesn’t seem like it could be real.
What drew you to the Tree-Free Canada Arts Project?
I’m a proud Canadian and even though I love to travel, Canada will always be home. There are so few opportunities to play a part in a truly Canadian project and I’m excited to have my work included.
What is the best advice you ever received that you’d like to pass on to beginners?
I was lucky to have Gary Burdette. He was my mentor, my friend, my critic and an accomplished photographer. The best advice I received was to arrive early, stay late and work hard in-between. He knew I had a love of sleeping in and that is hardly conducive for a Wildlife Photographer.
A quote in an email he sent also spoke to me:
“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Those who look outside dream, those who look inside, AWAKEN…..”
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