Photographer Showcases Week-Long Wait for Perfect Shot
As nature photographers, we are all familiar with the long waits crouched uncomfortably in dripping wet hides, holding out in hope of that perfect shot. But for renown wildlife photographer Michel d’Oultremont, photographic patience is definitely a virtue, with jaw-gaping results to prove it.
Whether hestled in his pop-up hide, or crouched under a dilapidated wooden hut, d’Oultremont waits in composed silence for the recently reintroduced bison, that were made extinct from the area over 200 years ago.
After winning the title of National History Museum’s Rising Star at just 22 years old, d’Oultremont attracted the attention of producer Hannah Slavanes-Mclean and director David Hayes. In association with Contra Agency, they endeavored to create “The Wait” to showcase his unique, meditative process.
“Patience is one of the most important things to have,” states d’Oultremont. “Without patience it’s not possible to see the animals.”
Following a week of contemplative trekking through the mountains, with barely a single shot captured, the bison finally arrive. Once photographed, the final images have an ethereal quality reflecting the beauty of the animal and patience of the photographer.
Reminiscent of legendary Vincent Munier’s series depicting the musk oxen of Norway, d’Oultremont’s images achieve an artistic balance between subject and environment, in appreciation of his personal philosophy.