I am a self taught photographer from the Yarra Valley, Australia. While I would say I specialise in wildlife photography, looking through my portfolio it is easy to see at times my passion covers a diverse set of genres – from abstract landscape, still life photography through to the world of macro photography and unique wildlife moments captured for all of us to enjoy.

The first click of a shutter I can recall was my dads 1980’s Nikon. This continued in to my mid teens where I studied photography in my later years of high school. Unfortunately throughout my 20s, studies and career progression kept me away from my more creative side, apart from the odd trip here and there which would re-kindle my love of photography.

It was not until my early 30s that photography came back in to my life in a significant way.

In early 2018 I had a significant mental breakdown and was couchbound for months. I had not battled mental health prior to this and it felt like my world was pulled out from underneath me. After a short stint on medication and numerous psychology visits I started spending more time just sitting out in nature. I read about how some people used creative outlets to help with mental health battles and decided it was time to get in to photography. It quickly became an obsession and any spare hour I had was spent with camera in hand just watching and waiting for the wildlife to put on a show.

I found a local Wedge-tailed Eagle nest, and every day at golden hour I would set up in the bush with my camera and wait for a dream image I had in my head – the parent eagles dropping off prey to their young. This took over 2 months and 50+ hours of waiting. I learnt through making mistakes, and missing ‘one off’ shots. I would assess what went wrong, what I can improve, and try again.

Three days before the young took flight and left the nest forever, I managed to take the below image. I called it “Patience” and while it may not be my ‘best image’ it will be the most significant image I’ll ever take.

I had always appreciated our native wildlife, growing up in a family where we quite often would care for injured native wildlife. It didn’t take long for me to use my photography to help educate people on our beautiful local flora and fauna. When I started selling prints, I decided it is only fair to help support those that support our wildlife and made a commitment to share the profits with local wildlife shelters.

My vision is to bring nature and creativity in to peoples day to day lives – whether it’s a print hanging pride of place in your home, your workplace or a gift for someone to enjoy. And in doing so, be able to find ways to give back to our wildlife and support them from human impacts.

About David Eastham, A Self Taught Photographer In Yarra Valley, Australia