WPY 2019

Photograph Details

Highly Commended 2019

Urban Wildlife

Florian Smit, Germany

Framed

The hunched figure of a rat is silhouetted in a broken window. When Florian returned to the abandoned house that he had frequented as a teenager, he found nature had started to take over. He set up his camera looking in through the window and lit the scene with three flashes. His composition perfectly captures the spooky atmosphere of the derelict house.

Brown rats originated in northern China and spread across the globe aboard trading ships. Native to forests and bushy areas, today they are quick to colonise anywhere with suitable food and shelter. Female rats can give birth to up to 60 babies a year, contributing to the difficulty of controlling their population.

Technical specification

Nikon D750 + 50mm f1.8 lens; 1/40 sec at f3.5 (+1 e/v); ISO 64; three Nikon SB-28 flashes; PIR motion sensor; Gitzo tripod


Osterholz-Scharmbeck, Lower Saxony, Germany: latitude 53.278957, longitude 8.719081 Osterholz-Scharmbeck, Lower Saxony, Germany: latitude 53.278957, longitude 8.719081

Osterholz-Scharmbeck, Lower Saxony, Germany

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Florian Smit

Florian Smit, Germany

Florian has been interested in nature since early childhood, but it was a little later, at the age of eight, when he picked up a camera. Since graduating in photography he has worked as a freelance photographer worldwide, selling fine art prints, giving workshops and writing for renowned magazines.