Curious beasts

Jasper’s photos come from his innate curiosity for the creatures he encounters.

Creating work with a purpose is the primary motivator for wildlife and conservation photographer Jasper Doest. He spends long periods of time getting to know the expressions of the creatures that fascinate him and the resulting imagery comes from a deeply learned understanding of their unique customs and manners.

Did you train as a photographer? If not, how did you get into photography?

Jasper Doest

I don’t have an official photography education but became a photographer after getting an ecology degree. However, I’ve been walking around with cameras ever since I was a child. When I was around five years old, my mother gave me her Kodak Instamatic camera and I remember also playing with my father’s SLR camera. I loved the physical aspect of photography; the feeling of winding the film, the sound of the click. I still do, which is why I love my Leica M rangefinder…that still feels very similar to the film camera’s I grew up with. 

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By Diana Jarvis

Diana is a writer and editor at Eye for the Light. She has a BA in History of Art and an MSc in Environment and Sustainability and has worked in travel publishing for 18 years as a photographer, book designer and writer for a wide range of publications. She’s also the Publishing and Photography Director at the British Guild of Travel Writers and undertakes travel and tourism photography commissions. You can see her work at