GDT Artist Statement: Based out of Johannesburg in South Africa, I see the broader African continent as my home. As a fine art wildlife photographer I am unique in a few aspects: the first being that I am born in Africa and my fine art wildlife prints are also exclusively Africa-themed. I also only photograph animals in the wild, never in captivity (see my animal in its environment gallery), and I once sat in a waterhole in Kenya’s Rift Valley for a period of 270 hours, to get photographs of nomadic lions drinking (see an article here). My fine art wildlife prints are simply moments that I have personally witnessed in the wilds of Africa, and I therefore do not use camera-traps or drones in my work. Furthermore, I produce my African wildlife photography prints predominantly in the field and in the camera, as opposed to creating digital art. An African-based fine art wildlife photographer is perhaps the best way to describe me. My African wildlife prints are my way of sharing my encounters with wild animals, in their wild habitats. After spending over 20 years photographing Africa’s wildest places, waiting for the perfect light, background and subject, I have assembled my body of fine art wildlife photography, and with the purpose of sharing the wonder and awe that I feel for my subjects. Being a specialist in low light (see my ‘A Creature of the Night gallery’), I enjoy taking my camera out when it is nearly dark, and I especially enjoy the blue hues that go along with the twilight hours. A long exposure of elephants at a waterhole in Botswana earned me the highest accolade in world wildlife photography when the BBC named me their ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year’. I regularly employ slow shutter speeds to convey a sense of movement and mystery in my photography (see my Ethereal Africa gallery of African wildlife fine art photos). I am also a predator specialist and a four year project photographing leopards in low light lead to a 13 page portfolio in the BBC Wildlife Magazine. Although I love the bright colours of silhouettes in my Africa wildlife photography, my black and white wildlife prints are among my favourites, as are my wildlife portraits. My fine art wildlife photography has been displayed in both the London and Sydney Natural History Museums, but I am essentially a solo artist, selling my fine art wildlife prints via personal sales on this website. Through my fine art wildlife photography I have found a conservation purpose, believing that wildlife photographers play an important role in conserving; by giving wildlife a voice. I am an ambassador for lion conservation in Kenya and I have donated numerous fine art wildlife prints to both animal and humanitarian charities. For a list of projects and charities I support see my African conservation photography page.
GDT Print details: I sell my fine art wildlife prints in the 3 basic sizes, listed below. I use archival art paper with the ultimate texture and colour rendition for my African wildlife prints. All my works are limited edition wildlife prints and each comes with a GDT signature and an edition numbered. I offer a full refund if you are not entirely satisfied with your fine art wildlife print and the period of refund lasts for 2 weeks after you receive your print. I have yet to have needed to refund anyone, but I like to offer you maximum peace of mind, and to assure you of the finest print quality in my African wildlife prints.
Scroll down further for a comprehensive print FAQ and information about the wildlife photo prints in my various collections.
MEDIUM: longest side 20″ / 51cm
LARGE: longest side 37″ / 94cm
X-LARGE: longest side 51″ / 130cm
As the wildlife artist, I keep the artist’s proof and I then offer only 10 numbered prints worldwide in my GDT Authentic Africa Galleries, in both the medium and the large size. This means that your African wildlife print is 1 of only 10 numbered prints in the entire world of that size. In my GDT Signature Collection your African wildlife print is 1 of only 5 numbered prints in the world and I only print these in x-large or custom. A GDT master print is the only one in the world making your African wildlife print priceless.
I issue certificates only upon request. From past experience I have found that people do not really know what to do with a certificate and it is also a little bit old fashioned now, in this digital age. Certificates are also easy to forge so you might need a certificate for your certificate, if you know what I mean? If you think about it, they offer little ‘authenticity’ really. Each print comes with a GDT signature and is numbered. You will deal directly with me, the artist, when ordering your print. If however you want a certificate, this is very easy to do and I will include it with your fine art wildlife print. Just kindly let me know when you place your order.
Yes, it comes with a 5cm (2″) white border, to fit the GDT signature on the bottom right and your limited edition print number on the bottom left. We then add an extra 2cm (o,8″) for the framers to handle the print (so a 7cm or 2,75″ border in total).
Yes, the standard measurements include the 5cm (2″) border. If you need a wildlife photo print a specific size, then simply use my contact page to send the dimensions and I will size the end product accordingly. Or if you would like to know the print’s exact finished dimensions, with the border, then I can send this to you.
All wildlife prints are shipped rolled in a cardboard sleeve and carefully wrapped in tissue paper.
The shipping from Africa of a framed print will be very difficult and expensive. Framing is also very location specific and subjective. You need to match the colour of your frame to the colour of other decor in the room. Keep reading for more on this.
I strongly advise that you take the print straight to the framers and uncurl it there. Do not uncurl it at home and then transport it to the framers as the more the fine art wildlife print is handled, the more the risk of damage. When you remove the print from the postal tube, the print will be curled. To uncurl the wildlife print do the following by using the postal tube and the tissue paper that comes with the print, nothing else is needed
1. Wash and dry hands to handle the print and do not touch the print surface,
2. Lay the curled print that was removed from postal tube on a flat surface
3. Cover the printed surface with tissue paper
4. Use the postal tube that the print was shipped in
5. Firmly and with care roll the covered print around the tube
6. Hold the rolled print for approximately 30 seconds in the rolled position
7. Unroll the print and remove the tissue paper – the print will be flattened.
Yes I can but what will help me greatly is if you browse my African wildlife prints for sale and tell me what sort of images you are interested in? I can then send you more options in a single email, to help you along in your selection process. It is unfortunately not feasible to place all my fine art wildlife photography onto my website, so by all means if you like what you see, and if you want to see more of a specific concept, colour, animal or location; then please do send me a request. I collect my African wildlife prints painstakingly and meticulously, so I will not send you dozens of photographs, as I am a wildlife artist rather than a stock library. But, in most instances, I certainly can send you a few more options to choose from, making your selection process personal and unique.
All the wildlife photos that you see on this website or my du Toit instagram and facebook page are offered as limited edition wildlife prints only. You can email me and enquire about purchasing any photo of mine but all my African wildlife prints for sale are limited edition pieces only. Every photograph I put out is a work of carefully considered art and I therefore do not distinguish between open and closed editions. I do however distinguish between my various fine art wildlife photography collections, please see the pricing tables higher up on this page.
From the time you get a reply, your African wildlife print usually takes 4 weeks to arrive at your door. If you need it sooner, then this is sometimes possible.
After comparing the best fine art papers in the world, I have finally found a paper that best suits my African wildlife prints. The ILFORD GALERIE FineArt Textured Silk is a weighty paper (270gsm) with near 100% opacity. This paper is a tactile textured matt, which I feel any fine art piece must possess. But, there are lots of papers out there with great texture. What Ilford Galerie does better than any other, is give a vibrant depth of colour. The saturated colours I like to work with are accentuated as it plays to the strength of the photographic medium, rendering vibrant and life-like works. The paper is acid free and warm toned with a fine texture, allowing the finer details to not be lost. It is firmly structured and very importantly, it is durable. In the past I used Hahnemeule German Etching which is a very similar paper but I found the Ilford Galerie to have the same wonderful texture, but with a larger colour gamut, giving excellent sharpness and colour. As a professional African wildlife photographer I take great care to produce high quality results in camera, and this paper does not let me down in replicating my efforts in the field.
After extensive testing with canvas prints, I find that the special and textured art paper I use, gives far superior results. This is especially notable with reference to deep blacks, colour saturation and detail. A giclee photographic print on art paper is a very special work of art indeed, combining vibrant colours and detail in ways other mediums cannot. Canvas as a print medium does not highlight these signature qualities of colour and detail – the defining elements of the photographic medium.
I would advise taking your rolled print straight to the framers as the more times it is handled, then the greater the risk of damage. Framing is an element that collectors often find daunting but it is actually really easy. Start by going to your local professional framer down the road and seeking their advice, and looking at different frames. Picture framing has been around for decades, long before wildlife photography for sale and it is not a new science, nor is it an exact art. The fine art wildlife print itself is the hero; the frame simply enhances and protects it. Your print comes with a 5cm (2 inch) white border in which the artist’s signature and limited edition number appears. This means that you can frame the print as is, behind glass.
The only problem with glass is that it often causes reflection issues and if you are prone to being irritated by reflections, or if your African wildlife print is going to hang near a window lamp, doorway, or in a generally bright space, then you will definitely want a non reflective (also known as non glare or matt) glass (also known as glazing). The problem with non reflective glass is that it can sometimes detract from the colour and detail of the print so ask your framer if you can inspect the print with the non reflective glass, before continuing on with framing.
In terms of the type of frame, you need to decide if you want an organic feel to the print? If so, then go with wood but if you looking for a more modern look and feel, then you can consider another material. If you wanting to create a minimalistic feel, then a simple narrow white or black frame can work well or a neutral charcoal grey colour. A black frame on a white wall will draw attention to the print whereas a white frame will make the print appear to just blend in. A charcoal grey frame is almost universally appealing! There are many different framing options for your fine art wildlife print but the good news is that you almost cannot go wrong. The one bit of advice I will give is that either your frame or the matting board (if you choose to have one) should compliment another colour in the room. Again, this is not as daunting as it seems; simply match the frame colour or the board colour with another colour in the room. I often match my frame with the colour of a piece of furniture. The colour of the frame should therefore echo the colour of something else in the room. If you have a light green couch, use a light green frame or light green matting, simple as that. Or use a neutral coloured frame and buy a few light green cushions, and voila!
A good option is to go with a neutral frame colour and then match the colour of the matting board around the photo, to the colour of something else in the room. If you then one day move, or get new furniture, all you need to do is get your mounting board changed and not the frame. Another good idea is to frame all your art pieces for a particular room at the same time for uniformity. I offer a 20% discount if you purchase more than one print.
If even the above advice is too much for you, then simply take the print as is, and frame it with a narrow white frame (if you want the print to blend into the wall) or black frame (if you want then print to stand out from the wall) or a charcoal grey frame (for neutrality). Nothing else is needed to make your fine art wildlife print stand out!
Don’t be scared of framing, rather see it as a fun element.
Giclee prints are renowned for their extreme longevity and for delivering integrity to original artwork and photographs, making this the preferred modern day printing method for fine art wildlife photographers. Correctly cared for, your print should last generations.
Treat your print as you would any other extremely valuable fine art piece because your print is 1 of only 10 or 5 or 1, in the entire world. Your wildlife photo print should not be hung in direct sunlight for prolonged periods and should not be kept in a place of high humidity; this can cause the paper to expand and bend. Prolonged direct sunlight is likely to cause discolouration in your print as it would with anything else like furniture, carpets, wallpaper etc. No solvents should come into direct contact with your print ever and also no finger tips, your fingers have oil on them. Never ever wipe a piece of dirt from the print surface with your finger, use a blower brush. Please get your fine art wildlife print framed as quickly as possible and always place the acid free tissue paper, that comes with your print, on top of it to avoid damage – until it is framed. Use professional framers and ask them to use the best materials for the tape, backing board, mounting board and matting board (see diagram below). Non-reflective glass with UV protection is also recommended and while this is not a must, it will help your African wildlife print to stand the test of time.
Payment can be done via PayPal or via a bank wire. If you prefer to do a bank transfer then use my contact page to message me and I will send you all the necessary details, or simply fill out the form at the bottom of each gallery page. I do ask for payment up front and I can issue you an invoice if you require one. I offer a 2-week refund policy on all my African wildlife prints for sale, from the time you take ownership of your print and provided I receive the print back in good order. I have not yet needed to refund any collectors, but I want you to have ultimate peace of mind. Your print is something that I want to bring light, life and joy into your home or office, and if it’s not doing that, then please do send it back. Provided the print is in perfect condition, a no questions asked refund is offered within this 2-week period.
The cost of my prints is not fixed and can change depending on many different factors; including the world economy and exchange rate fluctuations. As the author and copyright owner of my work, I also reserve the right to charge more for popular prints or edition numbers that are close to selling out. The costs reflected on this page are however my standard prices and if an edition is close to selling out, and I do need to revise the cost, I will inform you of this when you enquire about your print. The decision will then be yours to make, regarding whether you want to buy the last number in any edition.
Please note that print prices can be changed at any time depending on exchange rate fluctuations or nearing the closing of an edition.
Every print will have a different width because I treat each wildlife print as its own entity. I therefore don’t force an image to confine to any particular dimensions and for this reason, I only give the measurements of the longest side. If however you would like to know the shortest side’s dimensions of your chosen African wildlife print, then I can give this to you easily when you send me your enquiry.
Simply browse my GDT Print Collections and follow the link through to my shop by hovering your mouse over the thumbnail of the print you want to purchase. In the top right of the thumbnail, a shopping cart will appear. Click the cart and you will be taken through to my catalogue for secure payment with your credit card. Alternatively, you can email me regarding any photo of mine you see anywhere on this website or on any of my social media platforms or in printed media. Send me a short description of the image via my contact page and I will email you a low res version, just to make sure we are talking about the same wildlife print.