Meet Your Neighbours is a photographic initiative that reveals the wildlife living amongst us in an extraordinary way. These creatures and plants are vital to people: they represent the first, and for some, the only contact with wild nature we have. Yet often they are overlooked, undervalued.
Meet Your Neighbours dignifies these common species by giving them celebrity treatment. Each is photographed on location in a field studio. A brilliantly-lit white background removes the context, encouraging appreciation of the subject as an individual rather than a species. Their own form constitutes the composition. Seen this way, animals and plants we thought we knew reveal another side of themselves, encourage a second glance, perhaps even renewed interest.
The initiative will engage photographers from around the world to celebrate these animals and ask people in their communities to “go meet your neighbours”. This is conservation photography at the grass roots level, asking people to care about their own natural heritage, where they live and showing them how extraordinary it is in a fresh way.
If you are tempted to ask “Well, why do we need orchids or salamanders, woodlice or bullfrogs anyway?” you may as well ask, “why do we need children, friends, community?” We can live without all these things but our lives are much the poorer if we do so. Learn more at meetyourneighbours.net.