Following fresh moose tracks on an old logging road in East Haven, Vermont, Irwin came around a corner “and they were just standing there, waiting for me. They gave me a minute or two to take pictures before they figured out they wanted to take off.” By chance, Irwin would end up with one of this bull’s antlers, found by his son while rabbit hunting on a nearby mountain a week later.
Photo Credit : Roger Irwin
When he was 11, Roger Irwin’s parents opened their Vermont home to a pair of working photographers from New York City who were on assignment for Vermont Life. The visit was just two days long, but for Irwin it was life-changing. Fascinated, he soon started crafting his own stories, but it took decades (and semi-retirement) for Irwin to pick up a camera again. Now 72, he still finds time to pursue and capture the woods and wildlife of New England. Over the years Irwin’s intimate nature images have graced multiple covers of Northern Woodlands magazine and been featured by the Nature Conservancy and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. “It’s my passion,” he says, “and I just want people to see what I’ve been lucky enough to see.”