There is a certain kind of empowerment I feel being able to capture wildlife in its element, with the detail and frozen moment that a lens can apprehend. Something beyond what your eye and the passing time can capture. The texture of an elephant’s skin, with all its exterior toughness yet intricate crevices; the cheetah’s black tear that allows its pinpoint visual accuracy; or the beauty and unexplainable perfect symmetry of a leopard. These are the tools of nature. These tools are what connect us.
My role as a wildlife photographer exists because there are beautiful and spectacular moments to capture in the wild. Still, an important duty exists to preserve and conserve the wilderness and its natural habitat. The medium of photography is a potent tool in conservation – it provides a visual voice. Real change and action come from a deeper emotional connection and our capacity to create a profound sense of empathy and compassion. One with nature and one with an understanding of the impact we have had on this planet that threatens the wild and its natural habitat and our future existence. Photography evokes this through its visual narrative and storytelling.
This is not a business for me. It is part of a revolution to protect the planet and its wildlife inhabitants using the most powerful weapon I own – my camera. Allow me to take you on a journey through my creative lens through the beauty of the African wilderness.