I have been taking images for many years, beginning with my first SLR, a Pentax 35mm, some 40 years ago.
I bought my first Canon some 25 years ago, and was an early adopter when Canon’s Digital SLRs appeared. I currently shoot with a 1DxII, 1DxI and 1DSII, depending on project, mood, or sometimes what’s already in my hand – timing is often of the essence.
In 2016 I added a DJI Inspire Pro drone to the arsenal, and the images it produces, in both still and video formats, are very impressive. We’ve come a long way from the Box Brownie!
Over the decades, my photography has evolved from hobby to obsession and on to passion and profession.
One hopefully never stops learning. As any photographer will tell you, the best shot they’ve ever taken? The next one…
I have always been interested in wildlife and once I had a serious camera I wanted to capture my own images. Over the last 20 years I have travelled widely in southern Africa in pursuit of this. My love of wildlife goes back to black & white TV in the late fifties and early sixties watching Armand and Michaela Dennis, two of the BBC wildlife pioneers. Later, fate allowed me to come into contact with program makers and presenters at the BBC Natural History Unit. My inspiration came from legends like Tony Soper, Sir Peter Scott, Sir David Attenborough and Jonathan and Angela Scott. Maybe I will never be that good, but their passion for creating wildlife images still inspires and remains a motivation to this day.
On a professional level I am a member of the Royal Photographic Society, Canon Professional Service, and of the European Press Federation.
On a purely personal note, I have also been particularly fortunate to have had two superb mentors over the years; Daniel van Niekerk of La Rochelle School of Photography, in Cape Town, and Emily Hancock, from the UK, who continue to advise and encourage.