With just two weeks until PIX 2015, we're taking the opportunity to introduce you to some of our talented re:FRAME speakers. You can catch them October 6 & 7 live streamed right here, or join us in person at Seattle Center! Just pick up an all-access pass to gain entry to re:FRAME talks at McCaw Hall.

First in our series is David Fitzsimmons, who has made it his work to photograph critters for curious young minds. His books, titled Curious Critters (Volumes One and Two) and Curious Critters Marine, aim to keep their young audiences entranced with bright, colorful images of the natural world. His images of critters that fly, swim, hop and slither all feature simple white backgrounds that put the creatures themselves right at the center of attention.

Fitzsimmons employs a light tent and two monolights to create a soft, consistent look to his photos. His subjects are all live and never under the influence of sedatives, so he often works with the help of handlers.

On his choice of visual style, Fitzsimmons says 'I tried to make the photography both educational and fun. Children love bold colors, and the white background helps highlight the animals’ colors, shapes, and patterns. Children may look closely at the animals and see things they have never noticed before, like the sticky disks on the toes of a treefrog or individual scales on a fish.'

His books are aimed at kids from ages 2-8, but really, even us really big kids can appreciate these curious creatures. Take a look at the slideshow above to see some of Fitzsimmons' work - clicking on each image will reveal more information about the equipment used for each shot. 


David Fitzsimmons will be giving a talk about Curious Critters on Tuesday, October 6th at 12:25pm PT. See more of David Fitzsimmons' work at his website and find the full PIX 2015 re:FRAME schedule at pix2015.com.