We spoke to James Langiewicz, but these astonishing photographs are taken by both James and wife Dawn as a team.
Tell us a bit about yourself
I’m originally from Southern California, and Dawn is from West Sussex. We currently live in Worthing. I'm retired and Dawn is a nurse.
We met online in 2002 and I moved to the UK in 2011. We married soon after.
Our passion for nature started after we met. We spent a lot of time traveling around the countryside while visiting each other either here or in California.
In California we travelled extensively up and down the coast and ventured into areas of the Southwest US, including Arizona which began our love for birding.
Which photographers inspire you?
I was introduced to the work of Ansel Adams in my teenage years, his work was extraordinary, but this was years before I picked up a camera.
Wrinkled peach fungus
When and why did you develop an interest in wildlife photography?
Within a short time of meeting Dawn, we got our first cameras to document our time together. Nature and wildlife photography bloomed from there.
Do you have a particular subject matter you favour, and why?
That’s a difficult one to answer, we will take pictures of anything that crosses our path, but we do love to hunt for fungus and slime moulds and the unique photography challenge they bring.
Native orchids here in the UK and orchids across the world are also a passion of ours, especially when we’re visiting our grandchildren overseas and can teach them how wonderful nature can be.
What are the biggest challenges in your field of photography?
Remembering our gear is expensive and not toys. I’m kind of a klutz and have broke a few bits here and there over the years.
What equipment do you use, in brief?
Our camera gear is primarily Canon with the exception of a Sigma long lens. We also use a CamRanger wireless remote to take all our photos.
What’s your favourite shot?
Any shot we’ve taken of something we’ve discovered accidentally, we love surprises.
Hair ice crust fungus
What are you trying to communicate with your photographs?
How fortunate we humans are to have all this beauty around us.
Early purple orchids
Have you ever had any surprises when you’ve been out with a camera?
Sometimes the wildlife can be very inquisitive about what we’re doing, we were once approached by wild ponies and we had to abandon our gear while they inspected it.
Badhamia Utricularis Slime Mould Ebernoe Common
Where, and when, historically, would you most have liked to be with a camera?
Anywhere prior to the inhabitation of humans.
It’s never too late to start enjoying nature and wildlife.
For more of James and Dawn's photography, see here.