Lewis James Phillips

LEWIS JAMES PHILLIPS

GYPS

A subject very close to my heart.  I have been documenting the lives of vultures and the habitats you find them in for over 10 years. Not just the birds, the people and cultures that live with these magnificent birds. To me these birds are amazing! They keep our planet healthy and free of disease. Although, to others they have a stereotype of being ugly, smelly, disgusting, and evil. Some cultures look at the birds as good luck charms.

These birds are declining at an alarming rate, and I have always wanted to highlight them in a manner that truly represents them. Their role on our planet is vital and if we do not help them, there is the possibility that some species of vultures will go extinct in our lifetime. For instance, African vultures are declining at a rate of 97%, the Asian Vulture in India has declined by 99%.

People also play a key role in their survival; in this collection you can see people who live with and work towards the survival of vultures.

I have been saying for many years on my travels while documenting vultures, that the work should end up as a book. Not a book from a bird watching or scientific perspective, but a book that shows the character and landscape they live in with their human counterparts. in the future I do hope to publish one. I hope it would include the environments vultures live in, the cultures living alongside them, the people trying to save them, and the trade that looks to exploit money from them.

I would like to thank those who have helped me and guided me on this journey so far. From guides helping me in the field, to people I can now call friends in countries such as Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Andorra, South Africa.