On photographing urban wildlife:
"I remember on this gloomy morning, going to this concrete tower block in the middle of the city and thinking, 'What am I doing'? Then looking up and seeing two peregrines over my head do a prey pass in mid air, and I suddenly went, 'Ah. I might be on to something here. This is really, really cool.' "
“I don’t think of images I’ve done in terms of relationship to history as much as in relationship to, first and foremost, hoping it changed the life of the person that allowed me to photograph them, because they have to go through a process of self awareness and reflection."
Gregory has a fascination with urban wildlife. This came about whilst photographing peregrine falcons in London and Bristol as one of the 2020 VISION Young Champions, a multimedia initiative that aims to communicate the link between human wellbeing and habitat restoration. Gregory went on to document photographer Steve Winter for National Geographic as he attempted to photograph the urban leopards of Mumbai and the jungle leopards of Sri Lanka. The footage was included in a one-hour television special that premiered on the US on Nat Geo WILD in January 2016. Gregory's quest to track down and film the illusive coastal wolf on the west coast of Vancouver Island, Canada, evolved into his first solo assignment for National Geographic, a 16-part series that launched August 3rd, 2016 called Wild_Life with Bertie Gregory. Click here to watch new episodes weekly.