How did you go from being a wilderness guide to a full-time photographer?
My wife and I were running safari camps, so while she was doing all of the organising and planning I made it my mission to create a very strong photographic portfolio of wildlife images. Being safari camp manager, especially up in East Africa, afforded me a great opportunity to do just that. In the mornings, when the guests went out on safari, I would go out taking photographs and in the afternoon, and the camp goes quiet, I could go out and photograph again. I was really diligent, making the most of my time living in the bush. As time went by, I managed to build a strong enough portfolio to get published in Africa Geographic Magazine. Thereafter, I was able to start my full-time career as a wildlife photographer. Without fail, I got up early every morning and stayed out till dark to photograph. Even though I couldn’t see a way forward and didn’t have a professional gear (yet), I worked at it relentlessly. Having said that, I feel very blessed to have worked in Africa. We have so much wildlife that we can go out for a couple of hours and get amazing shots whereas on other continents it’s not that easy for photographers.
Do you have any hidden talents?
No not really; I’m good in the bush and I know a lot of birdcalls, but I think my only real talent is photography.