This gallery has arisen from my passion for the wide spaces of Africa and the spirit of freedom that they embody. I have purposefully taken a step back, spending months and even years, waiting for that decisive moment to capture Africa’s wildlife in context. The gallery illustrates not only Africa’s creatures carrying out a wild existence but more importantly, it illustrates the environment in which these wild animals live. As such, the best term to describe these prints (and one that is not yet in the dictionary), would be ‘animalscapes’. To assemble this chapter, I journeyed to Africa’s most iconic regions and to more remote wildernesses. Taking you on a spellbinding journey, each image aims to connect you with the wild freedom that has drawn explorers and adventures to Africa’s shores for centuries, and each serves as a poignant reminder that the wild allure of Africa has not yet vanished.
Mara Plains - a storm brews on the great plains of Kenya's Masai Mara.
Kalahari Aardvark - This photograph took me 19 years to get because aardvarks are super shy and nocturnal. Stalking one in the Kalahari grass, I could not believe my luck when it walked right past me (Kalahari Desert, South Africa).
Forest Rhino - A critically endangered black rhino moves through a Fever Tree forest in near silence (secret location in Kenya).
African Dream - There is perhaps nothing more quintessential to Africa than zebra or umbrella-shaped Acacia trees. Here both are captured in a single frame, on a dusty plain in Kenya's Amboseli.
Forest Elephant - My safari to the Congo Basin was all about getting this one frame of a forest elephant in the wild tropical jungle.
The Crossing (horizontal) - A lone bull elephant crosses the mighty Zambezi River at dusk, pausing momentarily with a up-curled trunk, allowing me to capture this magnificent scene (Mana Pools, Zimbabwe).
The Crossing (vertical) - A lone bull elephant crosses the mighty Zambezi River at dusk, pausing momentarily with an egret on his back, allowing me to capture this tranquil scene (Mana Pools, Zimbabwe).
Pelican Brief - A lone pelican glides effortlessly over Kenya's Lake Magadi. Exposing for the white bird, the water becomes sensually dark and delicately rippled.
Wild Dog Pup - A critically endangered wild dog puppy runs straight towards my camera and zooming out, I chose to show the tiny pup in the long grass (Okavango Delta, Botswana).
Pelican Duo - On a misty morning in Kenya's Lake Nakuru National Park, a pair of pelicans stand tall in the mist, with a flock of pink flamingoes in the background.
Shadow and Soul - In a remote and wild corner of Zimbabwe's Mana Pools National Park, a critically endangered wild dog stands above its impala kill, and castes a shadow into the dust.
Pelicans Afloat - Lying at the water's edge, my pelican subjects appeared to be floating between the water and the sky (Lake Nakuru, Kenya).
Serengeti Migration - Here you see the great migration as it passes through the Acacia woodlands found in the southern reaches of Tanzania's Serengeti ecosystem.
Serengeti Elephant - An elephant on the great plains of East Africa lifts its trunk to smell the rain, carried on the winds of an approaching storm at sunset (Serengeti National Park).
Drakensburg Chat - this tiny chat lives in the drakensburg Mountains of South Africa, where it enjoys a giant's view (Giant's Castle Reserve, South Africa).
Dust and Horns - The great migration prepares for a river crossing in Kenya's famed Masai Mara Game Reserve, kicking up dust in the process and creating this scene of biblical proportions.
Vanishing Elephant - This photograph is the result of thousands of failed attempts but I feel it was worth the effort, because this frame illustrates effectively that elephants are vanishing before our very eyes (Zambezi Valley, Zambia).
A Misty Morning - On an especially beautiful and misty morning, in Zambia's Kafue National Park, a lechwe pauses to stare at me. The sublime light of dawn, combined with the rising steam, made me feel like I wanted to be nowhere else on earth.