Niall Benvie | Clay Bolt, founders of the Meet Your Neighbours project
“Their own form constitutes the composition”
Meet Your Neighbours is a worldwide photographic initiative, founded in 2009 by Clay Bolt and Niall Benvie. The project is dedicated to reconnecting people with the wildlife on their own doorsteps – and enriching their lives in the process. Between tiny sizes, detailed camouflage, and an unbelievable ability simply to hide, it’s easy to never notice most of the species living around us every day. The photographers of Meet Your Neighbours are on a mission to change that.
What Meet Your Neighbours brings specially to the table is a simple but striking method of recording these creatures. Placed against a brilliantly lit white background the animals are isolated from their surroundings, encouraging appreciation of the subject as an individual rather than a species. Their own form constitutes the composition.
If you want to learn more about this field studio technique, consider reading the very well written field studio guide by Niall Benvie and visiting the official website of the Meet your Neighbours project (www.meetyourneighbours.net). And of course feel free to drop me an e-mail if you have any questions.
In the Field Studio galleries I have shown images of beautiful species I mainly ran into in our own back- and frontyard, just around the corner, in the ditches in our neighbourhood or in the South of France. Let’s celebrate these species and realize the importance of biodiversity. Then get outside and meet some of your own neighbours and realize how much you gain by doing it!