Irene Amiet is a nature photographer, conservationist and freelance writer from Basel, Switzerland. Having lived and worked in Bermuda, Panama, South Africa and Texas, her work has been influenced by different cultures and people’s co-existence with nature. Her photography has been featured in Africa Geographic, National Geographic’s online forums and various international press. Irene was a long-term contributor to Coast Monthly Magazine, published by Texas’s oldest standing newspaper, the Galveston Daily News, for which she wrote a blog on nature photography and the outdoors for many years. Her commercial photography projects have included portfolios for fashion, jewellery and real estate companies. In Texas, Irene gained a love for large birds and started her study of avian motion and ballet, in stillness and flight, in the theatre of the natural seagrass beds and the coast.
In England, Irene is drawn to the wild forests and rugged landscapes of the north, the livestock and farming lifestyle that connects people to the land and the essence of timelessness of the area she now calls home. Irene sees herself as a story-teller, using the camera as a visualising tool for work that translates a moment in time in all its dimensions. With help of her photography, Irene has supported conservation organisations over the years and is currently fundraising for the Endangered Wildlife Trust in South Africa. Apart from her artistic photography and photo journalism work, Irene produces a range of fabric depicting her photographs, aimed to connect modern design with the outdoors. Irene has been teaching photography workshops for the last three years and enjoys the exchange of ideas with her students as well as the process of helping her pupils develop their skill and find their own photographic language.