To hear old school Mississippi wildlife photographer Stephen Kirkpatrick tell it, the passion began while duck hunting with his father in Louisiana swamps but quickly evolved. Countless hours immersing himself in neck-deep water, getting eyeball level with wild ducks in a home-made muskrat hut, changing film rolls with frozen fingers, snapping photos a single frame at a time culminated in 1989 with “Whistling Wings,” the first-ever-of-its-kind book depicting only wild ducks in flight. Kirkpatrick reminisces those good ol’ days, describing differences in print film versus digital photography, detailing his photography journey from beginning to present, sharing pearls of wisdom. Like a brightly lit drake mallard lifting off in a colorful display of shimmering greens, bright blues and silvery spray, this episode is certain to inspire hunters and photographers alike.
“My favorite memories aren’t so much single events as lasting impressions. Film “remembers” the split-second events. What I remember is the oxygen-rich air in the Amazon, the warmth of the sun on my face in Alaska, the refreshment of the water in Hawaii. The feeling of my senses brought to life.” Stephen Kirkpatrick