About Laura

Having grown up on a small-holding in rural Buckinghamshire, I was always surrounded by animals and spent most of my time ‘out and about’ in the countryside. I think that these early years very much shaped me to be a nature-lover and I am always happiest when out in the fresh air and away from the hustle and bustle of modern life.

 
My mum was a very keen amateur photographer and ornithologist and she always came back from family trips abroad with stunning images of birds. She was especially fond of hummingbirds and it was incredible to see the details she managed to capture. Although at the time, I hopelessly under-appreciated her work, and never understood that it would influence me, I realise now how talented she was, in her younger years, and especially given that this was well before the advent of digital cameras.
 
My own interest in photography started later, when I got my first ‘proper’ camera, aged 17. I loved having the ability to capture specific moments, or scenes, each with their own unique beauty, and enjoyed the technical challenge of using an SLR film camera.
 
A very busy early career as a small animal vet led to a pause in photography, but my husband and I still loved to travel and soon learned that our passion lay off the beaten track. We are truly fortunate to have spent time hiking in Scotland and its islands, Sardinia, the Colorado Rockies, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, and Mexico.
 
We volunteered for a sea turtle research expedition, run by a marine charity called The Olive Ridley Project, in 2018 and it ignited our desire to protect the natural world. We saw 1st hand the impact of marine plastic pollution, including witnessing species entangled in ‘ghost gear’. It was tough, but also an amazing experience to live on a remote inhabited Maldivian island in the far north of the region for a whole month, (a far cry from the luxury of tourist resort islands). On our return, we completed the 100-mile South Downs Way, with our dog Biscuit, in just 6 days, raising over £5000 for the charity.
 
Being very much of an age where we have grown up watching icons such as David Attenborough, Gordon Buchanan, Jacques Cousteau and Sylvia Earle passing on their experiences with, and passion for, wildlife, we felt that this was a path we were already on, but now there was a deeper understanding of the severity of the issues and an increasing urgency to help. Photography became very much part of my life again and I realised more and more how it could be used to help the natural world, from simply sharing its beauty, to highlighting important issues.
 
I feel inspired by the likes of Jonathan and Angela Scott, Cristina Mittermeier and Marina Cano, and the way they utilise their art to convey the important message of conservation. I love that the camera can capture details missed by the naked eye and, the more I observe the wildlife around me, the more I learn about each animal and its behaviour, and the more interested I become. I want to share these small surprises and secrets with others, as well as the beauty and drama, and difficulties and challenges that each species faces.
 
I was very honoured to receive a highly commended award in the 2020 Hawk Conservancy photographic competition for my image ‘Kestrel Eating a Dragonfly’, and it was also humbling to get an honourable mention in the 2021 PSA inter-club competition for ‘If I Were A-Painting…’ which I love for conveying the tranquility of this beautiful Maldivian sunset.
 
I hope that my work will inspire people to take a closer look at the natural world around them, and do everything they can to protect it, so that we can all go on thriving within it.
 
 
NB Laura Holm will retain the Copyright for the 4 images used in this exhibition.

Bierstadt Lake Trail in Autumn 

Photograph

Size 30 x 20 in 

Price: £275

If I Were A Painting…

Photograph  

Size: 20 x 30 in

Price: £250

Not Everything’s Black and White

Photograph  

Size: 18 x 24 in

Price: £230

Winter Sunset, Studland Wood

Photograph  

Size: 24 x 12 in

Price: £170