Tarbes: Deer, bearded vulture, kingfisher, lynx… He photographs the Pyrenean fauna and flora

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Cyril Navarro is a wildlife photographer in the Hautes-Pyrénées. He wants to sublimate and preserve this biodiversity that we have too much forgotten.

Nature is his home. When he leaves his job and his mechanic’s outfit, Cyril Navarro puts on his camouflage fatigues without further ado and plunges into the Pyrenean landscapes for long hours. Equipped with his cameras and a tent, he photographs the fauna and flora of the region to highlight the richness of our environment. “I have a very special relationship with animals. I have always been fascinated by the beauty of nature and it must be preserved”. A lover of hiking, the passion for photography quickly came to the fore: “I’ve been doing photography for 10 years, self-taught, but I really developed my activity and my social networks 2 years ago”.

“The Covid has taught us nothing”

The health crisis was a real heartbreak for Cyril: “During confinement, I needed to go out, I felt like a lion in a cage”. At 35, his place is in nature. A nature from which we have strayed too far: “The Covid has taught us nothing. We were surprised to see wild boars in Barcelona, ​​dolphins in Venice, to understand our impact on the environment. But we have all resumed normal activity . Absolutely nothing has changed,” he said angrily.

Nature as an escape

For this introvert, relationships with humans are sometimes difficult: “Here, I feel like I’m playing a role, but in nature, I’m in my bubble. That’s where I feel good. I even left a family meal after a few hours because I didn’t feel locked in,” he laughs. His relatives accept him and even encourage him in his passion. The caged lion can finally regain his freedom.

Enhance the richness of the region

Lions, precisely, are not the animals that interest him. Born in Tarbes, Cyril is much too attached to his land: “There are enough fascinating animals and a certain richness in our forests for me to stay here”. Roe deer, bearded vulture, kingfisher, lynx, insects and birds, all animals come under his lens. All except the pine marten. A kind of “hard to find” ferret that Cyril would like to meet. “Going to Africa to photograph wildlife doesn’t interest me that much. Besides, I’m afraid of flying,” he laughs.

Through his photos, Cyril advocates a natural approach to animals: “You have to respect their living space and not disturb them. We are disconnected from nature. We have lost our 5 senses and there is only that I find all that”.

After waking up at dawn and spending long hours in the rain and cold, certain questions resurface: “Sometimes I wonder what I’m doing here”, he says to himself. But he knows very well why he is there.

Raising public awareness

His first spectator is surely his daughter to whom he transmits his passion. At only 3 years old, “she already knows more than other children”. Cyril doesn’t want financial interest to take over: “I take pictures in my free time and I’m very happy about it that way”. Through exhibitions, on the Internet, or in schools, he wishes to raise awareness in society and among young people about the fragility of our planet.

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