Trai Anfield Photography Profile
Trai Anfield is a natural history photographer, film maker and BBC presenter based in North East England.
She began her working life as a Countryside Ranger, then graduated as a Met Office meteorologist, before being recruited by the BBC, where she spent 13 years as forecaster, environment reporter and film maker. In 2012 she moved on to present BBC Radio 4's flagship natural history programme, The Living World, and to set up her ethically inspired photography and video production company Enlightened Media. Through Enlightened Photographic Safaris she leads photography expeditions around the world, mentoring and inspiring photographers throughout their creative journeys, from beginner to professional.
Trai's ongoing concerns around climate change and species conservation are evident throughout her portfolio, and she attributes the development of her photographic style to the intimacy and involvement she seeks with each subject, be it animal, person or landscape. The powerful dynamics of connection she creates between viewer and subject are striking.
" Safari with me is not about careering around wild places frantically ticking species off a list, but appreciating the culture of a country and quietly considering each animal we are privileged to encounter. My aim is to gain more understanding of its nature, behaviour and circumstance, and try to convey something of its essence and its experience of the world through creative photography. Merely seeing a species is rarely meaningful - what matters to me is the quality of encounter for both the photographer and the subject - that’s what stays with us for life."
Trai’s current exhibition The Trophy Room explores the potential of intimate wildlife photography as an alternative to trophy hunting