Like with most wildlife photographers, my journey started with a massive telephoto lens for capturing animal moments, but this method soon grew tiring and so I adopted new viewpoints and methods of photography that truly speak to me and I’m sure they reflect in my work.
I get bored easily so, with photography, there is always an opportunity to move on to a new subject to keep me entertained. There was a time when I favoured zebras, but it seems to have become giraffes now. I love rhino’s too but perhaps it is just everything about nature? I have a fascination with the skies, particularly dramatic clouds or thunderstorms approaching, and some of my best shots have come from this.
Connecting with nature is soul food and gives me peace of mind (the best sleep I get is after a game drive!). When visiting a national park, it gives me a great deal of satisfaction to track down an animal and photograph it – even more so if it leads to an artistic shot. I love the entire process. Spending time with the animals to the point where they behave naturally with me is usually when the magic shots come!
How did you get from being an aspiring photographer to doing it as a full-time career?
The secret is that I’m still an aspiring photographer, and this is my weekend hobby. Initially, I kept money away from the hobby so that I don’t go chasing for money shots, this has all helped to push my artistic viewpoint. The important part is the more time you spend in the bush the better chances you get.
How do you get paid to do what you want to do with your photography?
I am a director at Rock Plant East Africa which keeps me out of trouble during the week. While I do not pursue photography full-time, the demand for it has grown and so I hold workshops, sell prints, keep my equipment up to date and continue going on trips to capture more memorable shots. One of my favourite times taking photos is when, at the mercy of a seatbelt, I capture aerial photos from a helicopter.