‘Less is more’ is one of my favorite photographic adages. I usually apply it to photo gear or composition but compiling this Black and White gallery, I realized how true it is also of monochrome work. Take the visual noise of colour away and you are often left with timeless and authentic qualities that seem to illuminate the soul of the subject, and which speak from beyond the shadows. It is a profound mystery and perhaps even a miracle. Enjoy…
Mara Moon - An elephant under the full moon on the great plains of East Africa. This photograph has taken me 20 years to perfect. It is a single exposure of a real-life moment, as is all my work (Masai Mara, Kenya).
Great Migration - The wildebeest mass, kicking up dust, on their primordial quest to cross the River Mara (Kenya).
Equine Reflections - It was on Botswana's salt pans that I witnessed thousands of zebra journeying to quench desperate thirsts. This is an inverted reflection; made possible by the mirror-like water.
Lechwe in the Mist - It was a steaming winter's morning on Zambia's Busanga Plains, and walking on foot, I stalked a herd of lechwe rams in the mist.
Primate Ponderings - For 8 years I journeyed to the wild and very remote Mahale Mountains of Tanzania, to photograph our closest living relatives. This photograph is the result of my searching for a single photograph that is able to convey the mysterious link between man and beast.
A Leopard's Den - We knew that this leopard, called the Ostrich Koppies female, had cubs, and it took us days of searching to locate her den site (Mala Mala, South Africa).
Leopard Looking On - Leopards have the remarkable ability to be equally at home in the trees as they are on the ground. Here a leopard looks on, staring at something unbeknownst to me (Mala Mala, South Africa).
Running Rhinos - A pair of rhinos barrel through the bush. I choose a slow shutter speed to accentuate the moment of my prehistoric and ghostly subjects (secret location in Kenya).
Galloping Zebra - In the rain shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro, zebras eek out a precarious existence, relying on swamps for water and traversing barren plains to reach grass (Kenya).
Lone Lechwe - Like a statue in the middle of the swamps, this lechwe fixes its gaze on a neighbouring male. As the sun rises, the swamp releases steam, creating a dreamy setting that is best told without colour (Busanga Plains, Zambia).
Zebra Soul - It is not often that one stares straight into the eye of a wild creature, and this frame remains one of the most definitive moments in my photography career (Hluhluwe, South Africa).
Lion Cub Reflection - Lion cubs often run ahead of the pride and get to waterholes first. They then also often loose their nerve, and wait for their mothers to join, before drinking (Okavango Delta, Botswana).
The Eagle and the Fowl - A Martial Eagle takes off with a guineafowl, using only one talon! Swinging my 600mm F4 lens in the direction of the action, I managed to get just this one photograph of this incredible display of power (Mashatu, Botswana).
A Leopard's Tale - This leopard waited patiently in an African Ebony tree for impala to come and eat the fallen fruit. Leaping out the tree, it lands in the middle of the scattering impala, all of whom successfully escaped (Mombo Camp, Botswana).
A King's Bath - In the mighty Zambezi River, a mighty beast relishes the grass growing on a floating island (Mana Pools, Zimbabwe).
Flamingo Sprinkles - Flying high above Kenya's Lake Magadi, I zoomed out to capture the full extent of the avian spectacle playing out below.
Flamingo Trails - Flamingoes take off on mass, their dangling legs leaving trails in the water (Lake maradi, Kenya).
Salt Pan Zebra and Foal - This zebra mother leads its foal across the barren salt pans of Botswana, to reach the grazing grounds (photographed from a helicopter).
Criss-Crossed Zebra - A zebra pauses for a break as it journeys the criss-crossed Mkgadigadi Salt Pans of Botswana.
Falling Flat - This baby elephant has had enough to drink, and deciding to play at the water's edge, falls flat in the process (Mashatu, Botswana).
Delta Kudu - On an island in the Okavango Delta; a herd of kudu browse in an Apple-leaf thicket. It is everyday scenes like this, that make Africa a place that once it is in your blood, it will never leave (Botswana).
A King's Reflection - A dominant male lion walks to a pan in Botswana's Okavango Delta, to quench his thirst. Choosing to photograph only his reflection, I knew that I would invert it and create this portrait.
Pelican Dream - On the shores of Kenya's Lake Nakuru, I slow my camera's shutter speed, and let my pelican subject paint a moving portrait.
Pelican on the Wing - On the shores of Kenya's Lake Nakuru, I slow my camera's shutter speed, and let my pelican subject paint a moving portrait.
Vulturine Guineafowl - This other-worldly bird is found in the driest most inhospitable parts of East Africa and to me, it resembles a pteradactyl (Tsavo East, Kenya).
Strandwolf - In Namibia, along the Skeleton Coast, you get a shy and rare animal that the locals call a Strandwolf, which translates in English to 'Beach Wolf'. This hyena species preys on seals and can survive in the most inhospitable of environments.
Tale End - It is no easy exercise to get right next to an elephant's bum, with a wide angle lens, and then to get the tail swinging with an elephant in the background. Somehow I managed to do this in Kenya's Masai Mara.