As a photographer it’s always nice to look back and see how you’ve grown in your craft. As a wildlife photographer, it’s also nice to see how you’ve grown in your understanding, appreciation and interpretation of the wonders that nature throws at you. For me, this has culminated in an annual “best of” post on my blog at the end of a calendar year.
Yesterday, I looked through my “best of” collections since 2010 and enjoyed seeing how I’ve grown in my craft, and also loved remembering all those moments in the wild so vividly. If our photography does nothing else, it should at least transport us back to a moment in time, and make us relive it for a brief interlude.
Below, you can see all my annual reflections since 2010. I’d love to know what you think about how my own style and interpretation has developed over these short few years that I’ve been enveloped by this passion and artform.
I used to relish writing these kinds of “bio” pieces and would flaunt the odd impressive word and use dashing grammar to make it sound like I am a boundary-shifting photographer. These days I prefer stating it in much simpler ways, much more relatable ways, much more believable ways…
The fact of the matter is this: I love Africa. I love its people, its wild places and its wildlife. I love being immersed in these places, observing and photographing the fall of light on the land and the daily lives of the creatures that call it home, and presenting the results to whoever will take a look.
To me, nature photography is all about being in the moment, and capturing that moment in a way that can relate to someone who didn’t have the privilege of being there with me. Sometimes I am able to capture a unique vision of the scene before me, and sometimes I just capture it the way most folks would according to classical photographic guidelines. Yet I always enjoy sharing the images and experiences and imparting the knowledge I have, both in-the-field and later online or in presentations, workshops and courses. I also just simply enjoy capturing and sharing the beauty of God's creation!
The greatest thing I’ve found about wildlife and nature photography in Southern Africa is the unity and familiarity of the community of people that share this passion. We come from all walks of life and all cultures and backgrounds, yet our passion for our natural heritage and our dream to see it preserved for future generations binds strangers together and fuels conversations around campfires long after other people have run out of conversation and energy.
Join me on a WildEye adventure to experience this sharing community spirit and learn to anticipate that fleeting moment and be ready for it, learn to immerse yourself in the experience without losing focus of your photographic goals…and above all, learn to see Africa anew… because there are none as blind as those who look but do not see!