Biography


Hello!
Well, I'll start by saying thanks for visiting this site and for being interested enough to want to know a little about the person behind the camera.

My name is Stephen Street although my friends call me Steve. I'm happily married to a wonderful girl and we live in the Northeast of England. The North York Moors National Park surrounds us, Northumberland and both the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District National Parks are all within a couple of hours drive. It is an ideal location for anyone interested in the natural world.

I can remember messing around with a Kodak Instamatic with its "high tech" flashcube, but the first "real" camera I owned was bought in the mid 1970's so that I could photograph motorcycle races. As my active involvement with the great outdoors developed and I photographed what I saw, my fascination with landscape photography grew. I always feel that photographing a landscape is a real privilege, not only do I see the sight, but also experience the sounds and smells in a deep and special way. Even if the photograph fails the memory remains.

My wife Margaret is a professional environmental scientist and has brought a deeper understanding of nature into my world. She has educated me in the wonder of all living things. The endless variety of God's creation never ceases to amaze me. Each photograph I take continues to be a journey of discovery - what have I photographed, where does it live, how does it survive, when is it active, how can I help it? As a Christian I feel that my relationship with the Creator fills me daily with a deep appreciation of all that lives.

Over the passing years I have developed my photographic skills and refined a variety of techniques. My equipment has been upgraded from "auto-nothing" to "auto-everything" cameras. My photographs have been published in books, as postcards, as promotional material, in magazines and displayed on television.

I find nature photography to be an endless quest. The desire to capture perfectly a fleeting moment drives many a photographer to despair but I have accepted that nature operates on its own terms. The best we can do is be observers, privileged to share in the intimacy of a special occasion, and to become aware of a wider world of which we are only a part. I have tried to capture this in my photographs and I hope you enjoy the selection that you see on this site.

If you would like to read about a time when God touched my life in a special way then spend a couple of minutes reading about my African Adventure. By the way, don't read this if you are about to go on an African Safari for the first time.