I used to relish writing these kinds of ìbioî pieces and would flaunt the odd impressive word and use dashing grammar to make it sound like I am a boundary-shifting photographer. These days I prefer stating it in much simpler ways, much more relatable ways, much more believable ways.
The fact of the matter is this: I love Africa. I love its people, its wild places and its wildlife. I love being immersed in these places, observing and photographing the fall of light on the land and the daily lives of the creatures that call it home, and presenting the results to whoever will take a look.
To me, nature photography is all about being in the moment, and capturing that moment in a way that can relate to someone who didnít have the privilege of being there with me. Sometimes I am able to capture a unique vision of the scene before me, and sometimes I just capture it the way most folks would according to classical photographic guidelines. Yet I always enjoy sharing the images and experiences and imparting the knowledge I have, both in-the-field and later online or in presentations, workshops and courses. I also just simply enjoy capturing and sharing the beauty of God’s creation!
The greatest thing Iíve found about wildlife and nature photography in Southern Africa is the unity and familiarity of the community of people that share this passion. We come from all walks of life and all cultures and backgrounds, yet our passion for our natural heritage and our dream to see it preserved for future generations binds strangers together and fuels conversations around campfires long after other people have run out of conversation and energy.
Join me on a WildEye adventure to experience this sharing community spirit and learn to anticipate that fleeting moment and be ready for it, learn to immerse yourself in the experience without losing focus of your photographic goals and above all, learn to see Africa anew because there are none as blind as those who look but do not see!
My name is Jose Fernandez. I live in Oviedo, Spain and I’m a medical physics working at an oncology center.
My interest has been focused in astrophotography for many years. This means having to move to remote sites free of light pollution, usually mountainous areas at high altitude. While waiting for darkness
I started taking my first landscapes. Reading books and magazines I learned the techniques of photographic composition. I think my photographic style is heavily influenced by the Romantic style, the dramatic lights seen in artists such as William Turner and others I have always liked. In recent years most of my work has been focused on the Asturian coast. Looking for new places I discovered really beautiful beaches and cliffs, many of them unknown in the field of photography here in Spain.
I am a self-taught nature photographer based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Ten years ago I moved from China to Canada as an oversea student to pursue a master degree in computer science from University of Calgary, at that time I didn’t realize that I could become a nature photographer rather than a computer scientist. I have to admit that the city’s great location changed my point of view. Being able to live so close to the Canadian Rockies offered me great photo opportunities and my previous training in painting gave me an artist’s eye.
Steve lives in Kent, UK, he is 36 years old, and was brought up in North London.
Steve is an amateur photographer and self employed builder by trade.
“I’ve been fascinated by the natural world from as far back as I can remember, in my early teens I used to use a film SLR to visit London zoo . . . but completely lost the interest for many years . . . until I bought my first DSLR seven years ago and haven’t looked back since! I am amazed so much by the natural world, from vast landscapes to tiny little insects (and everything in between), I am impressed and moved by them all!”
Graeme was born in Wellington, New Zealand and educated in the Hutt Valley. He practised as a pharmacist in Dunedin, Napier and Hamilton after obtaining a degree in pharmacy. He later obtained a BSc and MSc (Hons) from Waikato University in
Hamilton before completing a PhD in Biochemistry in Adelaide, Australia in 1982. After a five year stint in Birmingham, U.K. he moved
to Singapore where he was a Professor and Principal Investigator at the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology from 1988 and is an author of over 100 scientific papers.
Nature photography has always been an interest but was taken up seriously in the last 15 years and he has won over 1000 awards in International exhibitions as well as 30 cover pictures and a number of published articles and images.
A self-taught photographer, her love of the landscape both classic and urban, has taken her around the United Kingdom in search of that ‘perfect, thought provoking shot’…beauty in all its guises.
Recently, she has developed a passion for what can be achieved by long exposure. Her images, often in mono evoke a sense of calmness and tranquility. By taking away the confusion of colour, we are able to ‘see’ an ethereal scene full of the drama that our surroundings portray.
She lives in Essex with her family.
He describes his art:
“Magic is just around the corner.
“I want to give you a glimpse into my world – which may be a tiny little bit different from the one you know. It’s a little surreal and mysterious place, where sometimes the magic is sparkling light, sometimes dark and haunting; maybe even slightly disturbing and oh so tempting at the same time.
“Those places you will go, those places you have dreamt before, those childhood places you completely forgot, those places where you want to stay and never go away.
“Sometimes they are a little smaller than you’d expect, sometimes a lot bigger, and sometimes only visible in twilight light. Their atmosphere seems to alter and their silence seems to deepen a little when dusk comes near.
“To find them, I didn’t travel the world and the seven seas; no, in fact the major part of my work is found and shot somewhere just around the corner.”
Paul Sutton is a self taught photographer who regularly likes to venture out into the diverse landscape that the UK has to offer. During the summer months, this usually means a ridiculously early start culminating in a late finish too.
Having learnt to traditionally process and print both black & white and colour images, Paul now feels that the Digital Darkroom has become a more immediate extension of his ‘traditional’ beginnings. Photography also features in his profession as a Graphic Designer and this is where Paul feels he gets his compositional ‘eye’ from.
Paul has been published several times in National Magazines and had some good exposure through these publications both with his work and with the articles he’s been commissioned to write for them.
“Both a classical music composer and a renowned photographer, Spanish artist Martin Zalba Ibáñez merges his experience in these mediums to create stunning photographs that depict breathtaking vistas and yet so much more. The influence of music drives his compositions, as he strives for harmony of color, rhythm of perspective, melody of framing, orchestration of processing, and the counterpoints of shadow and light. His photographs are digital and processed via computer, giving him a versatility that allows him to infuse his own particular style into each image.
“I was born and raised on a little Greek island and my earliest and most precious memories are of long days at rocky, isolated beaches and expeditions exploring the few woods of the island. A camera never accompanied me during those moments though. I spent half of my life thinking that a camera was just for taking family snapshots or recording events. Photography came much later on in my life and changed it forever. In the summer of 2008 my companion Konstantinos Vassilakis, himself a dedicated landscape photographer, taught me the basics of photography and in doing so he opened a door to a whole new way of seeing and appreciating the world around me, a new philosophy and way of life. I realized that up till then I merely glanced and never noticed, never fully grasped nature’s beauty and meaning and its healing effect.”
Gianni Galassi was born in Milan in 1954 and made his debut at 16 as a still-life photographer. In 1979 cinema, his second passion, lead him to work in the film industry in Rome. He is currently engaged in film and TV post-production, yet has never stopped taking photographs. Galassi has exhibited in Venice, at the Cini Foundation, in 2010; in 2009 in Rome at the Luxardo gallery and in 2007 at the Photography Festival and at the Palazzo Venezia National Museum; earlier in Milan, Viterbo and Athens. A selection of his images forms part of Venice Fondazione Cini’s permanent collection.
Alister Benn was born and raised in rural Scotland as “an outdoor lad” and when he met an adventurous young Chinese woman in Beijing in 2000, they set off together for a life of travel, adventure and spontaneity.
Together they formed Available Light Images and escaped to the remoteness of Tibet and SW China to shoot the high mountains and secret valleys they both love.
Matjaž Čater is known for his breathtaking images of landscapes from the air, captured while he flies using his personal hang-glider 800-1000 feet above ground.
Matjaž found himself as an aerial photographer by chance, when a colleague asked him for a few photos of forests taken from the air, and soon the idea was born.
Retired now after 47 years in newspaper photography, Douglas “Dougie” Salteri worked as a photographer on three Scottish National Daily titles and latterly as Picture Editor of The Herald.
Dougie lives in the west end of Glasgow one and a half hours away from Glencoe in the Highlands of Scotland, his favorite place to contemplate the world and his worries.
Herman Čater was born in Celje, Slovenia in 1941. He studied English and English literature. After his studies he worked as an English teacher and later as an Adviser for foreign languages for the Educational Board of Slovenia until his retirement in 1991.
In 1985 he contracted viral meningitis that resulted in paralysis of the upper part of the body. When he came out of coma, he was not able to eat, speak, breath. They told him he will be never able to rise his hands. But he managed to recover so well, that he can fly a paraglider again.
Ian is a self taught photographer with a keen eye for landscapes especially around Scotland and the Highlands. He is a member of “INN FOCUS” group in South Wales.
Kieran O’Connor originally started painting landscapes with acrylics and watercolors. Needing reference material for his work he bought a little point and shoot and it all evolved from there. His love of photography took off and eventually overshadowed his desire to keep painting. He found more joy through the lens than he did through the paintbrush.
Kieran focuses on Landscapes and Seascapes. Particularly seascapes. As he says: “I’ve always been blessed enough to live near the coast and the oceans ever changing wild beauty continues to draw me back time and time again.”
“I am a pure amateur photographer since end of the 70′s. I switched to digital sevenyears ago, but I’ve worked some 12 years with Photoshop. At the Antwerp Academy of Arts I followed a three years course in ‘Photography and Digital Imaging.’ I am also still active in a major Belgian photo club and in FIAP events. My professional background lies in the Graphic Arts Industry (Agfa-Gevaert N.V.) in several marketing and customer support functions. I live near Antwerp, Belgium.”