Everything in my head is telling me not to write this post... but I feel I have to, if nothing else, to make me feel a bit better, I think. Its been a while now since I knew of the new 'Britain's Dragonflies' Fourth Edition would be coming out but a while ago, it got me thinking as to where they sourced all their photos from. Having been quite heavily into dragonfly and damselfly photography for the past 6 years, I was somewhat surprised that maybe I had not been asked to submit a photo or two. You may think at this point that 'I should get off my high horse' and you may well be right but I can't help but feel that maybe I had a few photos to offer. You would be right in thinking that I take the photos because of my passion for these insects and that its a bonus to have photos in print but with all the effort I put in and the comments from others on the standard of most of the photos I take, its always a privilege to see your own photos in print, especially in the latest odonata book to hit the shelves. I'm sure I'm not the only one in this situation but with weekly blog updates and photos put on social media regularly, I can't believe the powers that be who select the photos do not see some of my work. Before my own head gets too big, there are many other excellent photographers out there whos photos are superb and to which I aspire to but having captured a number of photos which i'm told are worthy of inclusion, I am left feeling quite upset, angry as to why I was never asked, included or contacted. If they are not good enough, then that's fine but I am hoping therefore to see some amazing photos in this book. Even at this point, I'm telling myself to shut up so I will leave you with a couple of bog standard shots of a ropey Norfolk Hawker and an out of focus Southern Migrant Hawker. I'm going to take a step back for a bit with the dragonflies as this situation has really got to me and get on with some birding. Perhaps, I can take a photo of a bird in focus!
Norfolk Hawker (Aeshna isosceles) - male, Obviously a lucky shot!
Southern Migrant Hawker (Aeshna affinis) - male, Just point and shoot!