It’s not everyday you get to photograph someone like @naomi. I left this shoot feeling super inspired, I’d just filmed an hour+ long interview with her talking about her charity work, poverty, Nelson Mandella and hearing how passionate she is about these causes really made it a special chat. I then fired a few frames and realised I had what I needed within the first few photos, she’s a true pro! An absolute pleasure and joy to work with her and with the amazing guys at @togetherbandofficial. What a great morning this was! (Shot in Davos, Switzerland, in January)
Starting to plan some end of year adventures in the next few weeks. Does anyone have any recommendations of places off the beaten track with cool things/amazing animals to photograph? 🌍 📷 (Pic by @barbaboat taken on the shores of Lundey island, Northern Iceland whilst photographing puffins)
I have the cover of professional photo magazine this month with one of my pics of my good pal @haileesteinfeld. It’s also really cool that it’s the first cover since they have taken steps to be more environmentally friendly by moving to well managed FSC paper stock, and using vegetable-based inks. If youre a subscriber you’ll also notice that the issue will be sent out not in plastic but in a film wrap consisting mainly of potato and maize starch which is fully sustainable with no polythene in the product and so is 100% biodegradable and compostable. I was also interviewed about environmental issues and how I try to work in the most eco friendly way I can with my work! Go check it out and let me know what you think!
On this day 2 years ago I got the go ahead that I would be heading to Nome Alaska to be sailing off on a crazy scientific expedition in August/September, to attempt to sail as far north, potentially to the North Pole in a sail boat, with 9 strangers and a dog, also it was my first time sailing. I’ll be posting more over the next few weeks as there’s so many unseen photos
I really like Puffins. I find them very funny to watch. It’s easy to see why they have the nickname ‘Clown of the Sea’ when you watch them. Don’t let that name fool you though, they are amazing creatures. They can dive to depths of 60m under water and fly at 88km an hour. Quite impressive for a small little bird!
The fastest land mammal in the world. The Cheetah. 0-60mph in just a 3 seconds 🤯 Except here they were just about to go 0-sleep in about 3 seconds. Really looking forward to getting back out to Africa real soon, going to be heading out with my good pal, and one of my favourite wildlife photographers @georgetheexplorer
A few hours ago Japanese fishermen set sail to hunt whales commercially for the first time in more than three decades after their controversial withdrawal from the International Whaling Commission. In truth Japan never stopped whaling. I’ve seen whale meat on the menus of numerous restaurants during the times I have visited. Despite this the demand for whale meat in Japan is actually quite low. This decision by the Japanese government, however, is shameful. It is a major setback, an ugly step backwards, just when whale populations are finally recovering after previous decades of decimation. Two-thirds of Earths biodiversity has been lost since 1970. This cannot continue. There’s still a lot left worth fighting for 🌍
Sir David Attenborough. I shot this picture on the anniversary of the day I first picked up a camera 10 years previously and photographed my first gig. To be working with my hero 10 years later is something I’d never have imagined. I still can’t get my head around it. So thankful
Sir David Attenborough in the vocal booth recording his lines for the Frozen Worlds episode of @ourplanet last year in Bristol. Whenever I get the chance to work with Sir David I have to pinch myself multiple times to make sure that it’s actually real life and happening. They say don’t meet your hero’s but I disagree with that as Sir David is mine, and he’s one of the nicest, most welcoming people you can have the opportunity to meet
Two white beaked dolphins playing and feeding around @barbaboat one morning last week. They were super inquisitive of us, nearly as much as I was of them! A fun experience!
Nothing like diving in a couple of degrees water temperature, at 1:30am in the Icelandic midnight sun, surrounded by about 5 humpback whales, to beat jet lag! 😂 Probably the best cure for it I’d say! (Pic - @barbaboat)
Been a really fun time on @barbaboat @arcticwhale.no Sad to be leaving! It has gone so quick! What an adventure it has been though! From swimming with Humpback Whales to seeing my first Blue Whale and much more! Huge thanks to Andreas for inviting me along, and to the rest of the team for being so awesome! Lots of photos and videos to come so keep an eye out! (Cheers for the pic @jasoncartwright!)
Been incredibly lucky to have seen many beautiful Humpback Whales over the past week or so whilst I’ve been here. I could never get bored of seeing this sight! Absolutely amazing animals and so impressive to see @barbaboat @arcticwhale.no
It has been an incredible past few days. Hanging out on @barbaboat with the amazing @arcticwhale.no team in Northern Iceland. SO much wildlife! Blue whales (which are just insanely huge, I can’t get my head around it), Humpback whales, Dolphins, Puffins etc etc. Feeling incredibly lucky to be able to be here with these guys and to experience this! And there’s still more days to come!
An Atlantic Puffin popping his head out of it’s burrow to check the coast is clear to take off and fly out to sea. So funny watching these little heads popping up all over the place around you like a game of whack-a-mole (no puffins were whacked 😂) Have you ever seen a puffin burrow? It felt like I was in hobbiton! Sadly puffin numbers are in decline. Iceland is home to the largest population of Atlantic puffins. Here, their population has declined from more than 7 million to 5.4million in recent years. Fickle pray, overfishing, climate change and pollution all play a part in the puffins decline worldwide, with their conservation status now being labeled as Vulnerable. A shortage of silvery sand eels, the birds’ favourite food, is said to be the main reason for this alarming trend in Iceland @arcticwhale.no @barbaboat
White-beaked dolphin early this morning whilst on @barbaboat @arcticwhale.no Apologies in advance for all the whale/dolphin/iceland spam that will no doubt come in the following few days 😂 I hope you enjoy it all anyway!
Really epic morning on @barbaboat @arcticwhale.no this morning. Woke up to around 30+ white beaked dolphins surrounding the boat feeding. Incredible creatures!
Amazing experience being this close to humpbacks. Last night I got in and swam with them! (Check my instagram highlights) The visibility in the water wasn’t very good but an amazing experience regardless. Later on, I hung out at the back of the boat on the dinghy and this happened, this was at around 4am! So awesome! P.s. Shout out to @dubarryofireland for the new boat boots and for kitting out the team! @arcticwhale.no @barbaboat (Photo - Andreas B.Heide @barbaboat)
Some of you may have already seen me post about this on my story over the last day or two. But if you missed it, If you’re on a @british_airways flight over the next month keep an eye out for their inflight magazine ‘High Life’. All 4 covers this month were shot by me! You’ll find it on every seat on every flight for the whole month of June! Love everyone sending me photos of it on their flight too! So cool to see!
Today marks 66 years since Sherpa Tenzing and Sir Edmund Hillary became the first men to successfully summit Mt. Everest. The first time I caught a glimpse of the mountain with my own eyes is a moment I’ll never forget. It’s always been a dream of mine to stand at the top and hopefully one day in the future I will be able to accomplish that dream. Lots of people ask why I’d want to do such a thing, and I always respond with the famous quote (and arguably the most famous quote in mountaineering) by George Mallory, ‘Because it’s there’. Standing at the base of the mountain a few months ago was one of the best days I’ve had in a long time, emotional yes, but also an awe inspiring and incredible day. With all the sad media attention on Everest over the past few weeks I hope today is a celebration of the mountain and it’s sherpa people rather than more negativity towards the mountain.
Learning how local Maasai warriors build fires whilst in the Maasai Mara in Kenya at the end of last year. Incredible people with amazing stories and some of the most welcoming people I’ve come across in my travels. I hope to get back soon
Tenzing-Hillary airport, also known as Lukla Airport in the Himalayas, rated as the most dangerous airport in the world. It’s pretty crazy when you come in for landing into Lukla, it appears out of the clouds and the runway looks far too small the closer you get when coming in to land, you also notice the closer you get that the end of the runway is just a huge brick wall 😐 The runway is a slope down, so when you land you're landing up hill (to help the plane slow down quicker) and when you take off you take off downhill to get your speed up to take off, otherwise, it’s a big ol’ drop off the edge down the mountain the runway is built into. The flight in is so incredible and beautiful if you get lucky with the weather and it is a nice and clear day. Tragically there have been multiple accidents and incidents on this runway/approach to the runway which is why it is often called the most dangerous airport in the world
Somewhere along on the way to Everest
Me and one of my wolf pals last year out in snowy mountains 🐺
Rush hour in the Mara
The ever resilient Svalbard Reindeer on the west coast of Svalbard on a recent trip a few weeks ago. Love seeing these amazing animals whenever I’m there!
Have you ever heard the sound of bones crunching? I hadn’t until this moment. It just shows you how powerful these creatures are, that they can effortlessly crunch through bones. A few nights after this photo was taken I got woken up by a noise outside my tent very close to it, the same noise. Didn’t sleep too well that night
It has been a real pleasure spending the last two days with Sir David Attenborough in Washington DC. Last night, Netflix hosted a screening and an intimate chat at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum with Sir David and Alastair Fothergill, his good friend and colleague who has worked with David together on many of his productions. Seeing David take such pride in the clips being show, even though some of them were over 30 years old, was really inspiring to see. This particular clip he is watching here is the famous scene with David and Gorillas in Virunga from ‘Life On Earth’ from 1979. Seeing him still smiling watching it was a real pleasure to see. His love for the natural world is like no other. Hearing him talk is always so incredibly inspiring. The world needs more people like him. It’s always the highest honour to be in the company of this man, my hero, and it’s such an honour that he steps in front of my camera from time to time
Getting to go behind the scenes on @ourplanet was one of the best experiences I have ever had. Not only was it amazing to see some amazing wildlife but it was incredible to see the crew who put years of their life into making it. These people are absolute hero's and legends. There was over 600 people who helped make Our Planet. The best of the best. I’ve only had the pleasure of meeting a handful of them but every single one I have met so far has been so welcoming, kind and just all round good people. Here’s some photos I took of the team out on location in the Masai Mara in Kenya.
Such a fun night last night celebrating the launch of @ourplanet at the Natural History Museum in London. I was super lucky to go behind the scenes on Our Planet with this solid crew and the absolutely incredible team at silverback and @wwf_uk. Definitely a trip I’ll never forget! Make sure you go check out Our Planet on Netflix. It’s absolutely incredible!
Had a fun few days working up in the Arctic. Always a magical place. Can’t wait to get back in a few weeks time. There’s something about this place that just keeps bringing me back to it
Shot this video of my ol’ pal @elliegoulding for @ourplanet. Such an incredible experience seeing Steve Price and Ellie working together at Abbey Road with the Orchestra on the track ‘In this together’ Definitely a day I won’t forget in a hurry! Also the Our Planet soundtrack will be the first ever CD release using renewable seaweed packaging, which is pretty cool! (additional orchestra shots, shot by the incredible team at Silverback)
Heading out on a short adventure this weekend for a few days. Can anyone guess where too? (Back to @omnianightclub Vegas tomorrow night for Calvin first though!)
Big ol’ moon tonight. Last super moon of the year
I was extremely lucky to go behind the scenes a few times on the making of @ourplanet It’s taken an incredible team of the best people four years to make. So much hard work has gone into this series. It’s such an important body of work that will be available for all globally on @netflix on April 5th. (Also Sir David Attenborough is narrating it so you have to watch it, it’s the law) @wwf_uk
At the top of Kala Patthar (18,519ft/5,643metres) at 6am watching the Sun rise over Mt. Everest (on the left in the background) A special morning. Anyone here ever been up KP too? 🏔
Kodiak Brown Bear on Kodiak Island, Alaska. Anyone ever been to Kodiak island? One of my favourite places I’ve been too. A really interesting place!