Having left South Africa in my early twenties, to pursue a suit and tie type career I always knew something was missing. After eight years of travelling the corporate world I packed my bags and headed home to sunny South Africa to begin a new life with my wife Kym.
I have always had a passion for photographing wildlife and the natural world in any aspect, so my new venture became my chosen life right in the heart of the Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa's wild North West Province.
My aim has been to photograph the beauty around me and to ultimately build a database of images which will remind me of the road I have travelled...it's a personal thing, which luckily I am today able to share with those that are interested and who share the same passion.
I have qualified as a walking field guide, which I have kept active through my years so as to give me the ability to get close to and share nature. As a result I have had the privilege of experiencing nature at its rawest – something I have taken the time to capture and learn. One of the things I find the most enjoyable is just observing various animals, something I believe that has allowed me to get ready for photographic moments just before they happen.
African Wild Dogs (otherwise knows as the Painted Dog) make up a large part of my portfolio, where their constant movements challenge my abilities all the time. Their hunting prowess is something not often captured on images, yet if you can, comes away with award worthy pictures. As my favourite animal, I like to dedicate as much time to these creatures as possible – something which I find inevitably pays of handsomely to a dedicated photographer and people attending my photographic safari's.
It seems that my passion has affected others, and some of my images have donned the pages of various magazines including Africa Geographic and other international publications. Through these publications and my active partnership and running of a well known commercial safari lodge this has attracted interest by documentary film makers which has placed me on television a number of times. Passela, a well viewed local television program dedicated an entire slot to my Wildlife photography.
An image of mine capturing an exceptionally rare form of a Leopard, unknown to New York based Panthera President and leopard expert Dr. Luke Hunter has stirred major public interest. This ‘pale’ individual has been a hot topic globally, going viral overnight – and sparking huge interest in something which is increasingly being labelled as a Pink Panther. Some of the news houses such as National Geographic and Discovery news have written columns on this, shedding huge light on this virtually unknown hunter.
Today Kym and I still live in the Maun Botswana with our little boy Kabelo, whom today I find makes up a large part of my photographic subject – as a ‘bush boy’.