My Wildlife Photography Journey to Date

I have loved Africa’s wildlife and its wild places since I was in single digits. While my family had afternoon naps at Ingwelala Game Reserve in the Greater Kruger I would sit outside and watch the comings and goings of the natural world. I still vividly remember my first sightings of Blue Waxbills and Red-billed Firefinches during these special times. It was only in my early 30s however that the photography bug bit (thanks to my wife; Eileen) and that my passion for birds got re-ignited. More than a decade on and I have not looked back since!

When I started photography it was all about the bird. I wanted to take close ups of all birds, but especially rare ones, and I soon hoped to get brilliantly sharp images with flawless backgrounds and uncluttered compositions. I was aiming for the perfect “field guide” shot. My dream at that stage was to get a perfect, close up image of an African Pitta or the first ever portrait of a Shelley’s Crimsonwing in the wild. It was a fun and worthy pursuit, as these images show the beauty of birds and often ignite interest and awareness in those that view them.

I still love trying to find new or rare birds and I still love portraits, but I now find far more joy in creating images that portray what I felt when I was there and how the African landscape made me feel. I want to take images that tell a story, that evoke emotion and that capture the essence and splendour of my subjects. I want to express myself through my work and create images that are unique and interesting. I hope by doing this my images and my passion for birds will encourage people to stop and wonder; wonder about how birds are so perfectly made, wonder about their stunning habitats and wonder about what we can do to protect them for future generations. Most of all, however, I hope that my images will bring glory to my awesome saviour; Jesus Christ, and reveal the beauty of His magnificent creation.

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities; his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made.” (Romans 1:20).

With these goals in mind, I am now more intrigued by different perspectives, interesting uses of light, unique compositions and magical landscapes and moments. My foray into “habitat shots” or “birds in their environment” images some nine years ago was completely accidental, but it is an area that continues to excite my heart and holds so much room for creativity and future developments. Consequently, I am currently focused on pushing the boundaries in this genre and am looking to combine iconic African landscapes with the birds that call them home in a new series called “Iconic African Birdscapes”. This is undoubtedly the most ambitious project I have embarked on to date and one that is likely to take many years to accomplish. You can read more about the project in my newsletter titled “My Most Exciting Photograph to Date”.

Given my heart for Africa and conservation, 10% of the profits from my print sales will go towards related projects in this regard. In May 2023, one of my limited edition prints called “My Drakensberg” was auctioned for R6,500 for Birdlife South Africa.

Business & Family

I am the proud husband to my beautiful wife; Eileen, and dad to my awesome son; Joshua. I could not have chosen more loving and kind people to do life with! Not only did Eileen introduce me to photography, but she is also the inspirational designer behind this website and all my newsletters. I cannot thank her enough!

Besides wildlife photography I have also had the privilege of working in business; being the COO and then CEO of a Fintech company called Sureswipe for 9 years, as well as the COO and executive director of the Adumo Group. I took a break from the corporate world at the end of 2021 to recharge, spend time with my family and pursue some of my other deep-seated passions. I have always had a desire to make a difference in society and will continue to pursue this in the journey ahead; with the importance of protecting our natural ecosystems and uplifting local communities being two areas that are very close to my heart.