THEY say that a picture can paint a thousand words, but judging by the stunning images captured by Tom Walker, the figure is a lot higher than that.
The 23-year-old from Barton under Needwood decided to share some of his incredible snaps with the Mail as he spoke about his rise from Royal Mail postman to BBC cameraman.
“My passion and, arguably, obsession is for capturing the natural world on camera,” he said.
“The ambition has always been to film natural history for the BBC, but as with any far-fetched dream it never really seems likely to become a reality.
“I was a postman working for the Royal Mail in Burton, which was far from how I wanted to be spending my days, so I quit and spent the next six months travelling around the UK working on a portfolio of photographs.
“I’ve always lived in Staffordshire, spending the majority of my time in the countryside, which has no doubt shaped my passion for film-making and fascination for the natural world.
“In June last year, I got a small break with the famous BBC Natural History Unit off the back of my still photography and ended up spending the next 14 months working on a new series which airs on October 2, called The Great British Year.
“The series looks at the spectacular seasonal change throughout the year in the United Kingdom and how the landscape, people and wildlife are affected.
“Throughout the series, I travelled more than 12,000 miles all around the country filming anything from the stunning views of Northumberland to the secret life of a mayfly on the River Avon in Wiltshire.
“The series uses many interesting and unique filming techniques such as time lapse, time study, thermal imaging and high speed to give us an insight into the seasons like we’ve never seen them before.
“Off the back of this work, I was asked to go to the Canadian Rockies to film a sequence for the BBC’s 2014 landmark wildlife series called Survival, which looks at specific species’ tactics in surviving life’s trials.
“I returned to the UK a few days ago and now begin work on a film for BBC Autumnwatch.
“I’ve gone from nothing to quite literally living life through a lens, and there is nothing I’d rather be doing.”
The Great British Year starts at 9pm on BBC1 on October 2.