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Why you should work with animals and people - Drew Gardner has a very unique approach to photography. Here he tells us about his buffalo experience.

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Mixing people and animals with any form of creative art is not often recommended but it's something Drew Gardner has done and will continue to do for some time. Photography isn't just something Drew does for a living, it's a way of life, a unique and chaotic journey that he's been on for the last 30 years. His work's unique, it's driven by imagination and heart, a process which creates unusual and sometimes unbelievable shots. His latest project is a prime example it's Lady Godiva meets a Water Buffalo, something, which until you see it is a little hard to believe.
I still look at the shot and I can't believe it's real, I really do like the images from this shoot.

Believing in an idea at all costs is vital for Drew and it doesn't matter where his thoughts may take him or how long it may take he always follows an idea thorough. In fact, an idea he's currently working on has been rattling around his mind for the last two years and some take even longer to come to fruition.
I find inspiration from within, and to be quite honest I'm not sure how it happens, it just does. I recognise it as a gift and sometimes I worry about it just disappearing!”

Drew's fascination with all things a little odd is something that stems from his time as a photojournalist when he would often meet very colourful and fascinating characters. Now instead of meeting people he has them riding buffalo or buries them with badgers, something you have to be a bit brave to volunteer for: “The models tend to see my previous work and want to be involved. My previous work is great at winning people over.
Of course Drew could do all of his work on a green screen, but to him, standing in a room doesn't seem as fun as standing in a forest with badgers, buffalo and beautiful women!
Location Lighting with Drew Gardner is out now.  For more information visit The Flash Centre.

You can also view Drew Gardner's blog.

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