'Within the Circles of Life'- New exhibition to share Rob Cottle?s work with the Japanese Ministry of the Environment


7 Jan 2020 8:56AM
Olympus mentor Rob Cottle took a whirlwind tour of Japan to deliver some exceptional images in support of the Japanese Ministry of the Environment.

Rob was selected to create a brochure about the Akan Mashu National Park in Hokkaido; after researching the area Rob quickly realized that the wildlife and scenery at this stunning location is abundant year-round. With only limited time he had a challenge on his hands to capture as much as possible - share Rob’s journey in Japan and see the results at After Nyne Gallery in London from 29 January to 4 February 2020.

Experience the beauty from his images and fall in love with this stunning location whilst getting some photo tips for when you embark on your next adventure.

Rob is a wildlife photographer, critter lover and veganist from South Wales. He likes nothing better than laying silently in something he shouldn’t, whilst waiting patiently for the shot that doesn’t happen!

Wildlife is the reason he picks up the camera but it’s the camera makes him go out to see it more often. His adoration for wildlife is far more important than pressing the shutter button and its wellbeing always comes first.

Rob used his trusty wildlife combo of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 MK II with the 300mm and 40-150mm pro lenses, he had also had some tips using the E-M1 X such as the live ND filter which inspired some images prior to travel and so took this along with the 7-14mm and 12-100 pro lenses.

"While in Tokyo I was able to capture quite a few long exposures handheld over a few seconds - I can remember previously when travelling with other systems I would look at the little-used lenses and think ‘too heavy’ and leave them at home, promptly regretting it on touch down."

The images displayed were taken during a brief, full-on but fantastic visit to Japan to promote the beautiful Akan Mashu National Park. Using these images and Rob’s words, the Japanese Ministry of the Environment has published a brochure to encourage tourism to this area of natural beauty.

Visit After Nyne Gallery to see the exhibition and read an interview with Rob in the latest issue of Olympus magazine to find out more: olympusmag

After Nyne Gallery is situated at 10 Portland Road, London, W11 4LA and opens 10:00-18:00 Tue-Sun.

Rob will be hosting a workshop at the gallery on 30 January - visit the Olympus Image Space website to apply for a space or to see future photography events.

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