Wolf Read

Vancouver, Canada

I am a scientist, natural historian and published author, illustrator and photographer. I also take photography commissions and have had...

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Thanks much for viewing my profile and/or works. And many thanks to all RedBubblers for sharing so many beautiful artistic creations.

I am a scientist, with a PhD in forest science from the University of British Columbia. I also have a strong interest in writing, illustration and photography, with professional publications in all three of these areas. I have had several stories and scores of illustrations published in the magazine Analog Science Fiction and Fact. Recent photo credits include a number of images in the 2009 book Weather of the Pacific Northwest by Cliff Mass, and the cover image for the 2012 version of the Natural Disasters textbook by Roland Stull. I have also been hired to take documentary photos of the University of British Columbia Farm, including landscape and wildlife images, for use in teaching, printed publications and online.

Photography for me is first a means of documenting the world in which I live, and second an art. I do not believe that every photo needs to meet a specific set of artistic or technical criteria to be interesting. In fact one thought that I tend to work by is, “There is only one rule in art: That there are no rules save the limitations you put on yourself (and, of course, those imposed by physical reality).” Also, a composition is a set of compromises. No single image can be “perfect” in the sense of having every variable exactly the way they are desired to be. Something akin to “perfect”, or “beauty”, may be found in the balance and tension between opposing forces in the composition.

Among the many subjects that I photograph, I especially enjoy capturing images of weather, landscapes, avians, arthropods and botanical specimens. I have a particular fondness for black-capped and chestnut-backed chickadees, as well as corvids, and spend a fair amount of my photographic effort on these birds. Dragonflies, ants and a host of Pacific Coast vegetation are also under the gaze of my lens quite frequently.

Sometimes I approach photography from a very artistic sense. At these times, the subject does not matter.

I am the father of both a daughter and son—two important inspirations in my life and my art.

On RedBubble, I have been a featured member in the Beautiful BC group in May and June 2013.

  • Joined: August 2009


Wow, It Has Been A Long Time

After going incommunicado for a few years, I am now finished with my doctoral dissertation in forest science from the University of British Columbia, and my degree has been conferred. The time encompassed by my thesis writing also included the birth of my son, who is now a rambunctious and extremely curious toddler. / With the major PhD project out of the way, I have a little spare time to return…
Posted about 3 years – Leave a comment

Some Time For a Few Posts

Research-paper writing still occupies much of my energy, but I often take the camera with me when I force myself outside. Occasionally, I get what I think is an interesting shot. Recently, I have found some time to process and post a few images. Call it a summer break. I have about a dozen images lined up that I plan to add to my portfolio. / Glad to see that the tags situation has changed on RB.…
Posted over 7 years – Leave a comment

The Land of the Busy: Intermittent RedBubbling (+More on 10 Tags)

Hello gentlefolk, / The ten-tag limit has me very frustrated, but I plan to stick with RebBubble for the time being, partly because of my previous investment. The biggest issue with the 10-tags change is the time involved with re-tagging. Even with an automatic removing of all tags beyond the first ten, a lot of reworking has to be done to make sure the tags are the best ones for each work involv…
Posted over 8 years – Leave a comment

Ten Tags?

As I commented on the discussion about the new RB changes: / “Ten tags? Sorry, RB, but that is a huge mistake. I use the tags for many things—they are great tools for organizing. And I see that I am not the only one. / “I also agree with Aggpup: The lack of EXIF data is a pain, too. / “Looks like I will be closing up shop here at RB. Back to focusing on Flickr, where there…
Posted over 8 years – 6 comments
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