Wildlife photographer to give presentation tonight

COURTESY Joe Mac Hudspeth Jr. began taking photos as a hobby and now it’s a full-time job. Learn more about him and his work at southernfocus.com.

COURTESY
Joe Mac Hudspeth Jr. began taking photos as a hobby and now
it’s a full-time job. Learn more about him and his work at
southernfocus.com.

BY SHEENA BARNETT

Daily Journal

TUPELO – Joe Mac Hudspeth Jr. can’t ask his subjects to stand still and say “cheese” for a photo.

Tonight at the Elvis Presley Birthplace, the wildlife photographer will talk about how he captures images of birds, alligators, snakes, deer and other creatures, and sign copies of his latest book, “My Southern Wild.”

The Southern Light Photography group is hosting the event.

“I’m going to be there talking and giving a presentation, and basically I tell people how I got started, the mistakes I made, how I got close to my subjects with blinds in my boat,” Hudspeth said. “I don’t teach photography. Everybody’s at a different level.”

Hudspeth is a self-taught photographer.

For 30 years, he worked full time in the trucking industry while working on his photography skills. He became a full-time photographer last year.

For a time, he fashioned his own blinds, so animals couldn’t spot him while he took pictures.

“Contrary to what a lot of educated people believe, you can’t just walk up to a wild animal because you have a camera and not a gun,” he said. “I spend an awful lot of time scouting and trying to put together a set-up that the ducks would accept or the deer would accept.”

Hudspeth’s photographs have been featured the state of Mississippi Duck Stamps and Sportsman’s Licenses.

He’s released two other photography books, “In the Southern Wild” and “Return to the Southern Wild.”

sheena.barnett@journalinc.com

Check it out

What: Joe Mac Hudspeth Jr. presentation and book signing

When: 6 p.m. today

Where: Elvis Presley Birthplace

Cost: Free

Information: (662) 841-1245