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A large wildlife book, start to finish, could take one to two years, but then I would expect to get several good (nature) magazine features off the back of this, plus of course a lot of stock.
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All I really wanted to do was wildlife photography.
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Also close encounters make bad pictures because the animal looks ill at ease. I try very hard not to get into these situations.
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Also I have a good relationship with the Parks authorities - I get to visit closed areas, have permits to work off road and after hours, etc. It is exceedingly difficult to get these privileges - so I have a bit of an advantage over a lot of other local or visiting overseas photographers.
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Also the Canadian photographer Tim Fitzharris - he used floating hides for waterbirds. I used the idea here - it works fine - as long as there are no crocodiles around!
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Big game photography in Africa is mainly done from a vehicle, so then I feel I might as well take the lot.
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But seriously - close encounters are bad. Bad for the animal, as it causes stress, and bad for me for exactly the same reason.
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Currently I am working on another three books, doing a lot of magazine work, am shooting for fifteen stock agencies, plus my own photo library - all this keeps me quite busy!
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Even for an area I know well, I prepare a shooting list of subjects I need.
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For sure, all over Poland, kids had my picture of a lemur on their bedroom wall - but the chances are they may never get to see a real lemur in Madagascar. I thought this was great and it really meant a lot to me.
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For the first few years we lived in a tiny rented cottage at the bottom of a friend's garden. We often joked that there was plenty of film in the fridge, but not too much food!
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From there I did a Business Studies Diploma at a Technical College - hardly related to what I would be doing later in life.
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I also had a tremendous passion for art and read a lot.
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I also like flyfishing - maybe I would have figured a way to make a living out of that?
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I carry a notebook full of sketches of pictures I want to take - they are really scruffy sketches, but at least I am going out there with a clear objective.
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I concentrate on the southern African subcontinent.
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I hope to goodness I would not still be working in the corporate world - the money is OK but it is no life at all.
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I should point out that I have not worked for National Geographic on assignment - they have merely used my stock agency pics from time to time.
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I think few wives would have encouraged this kind of drastic and reckless career shift!
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I think I pretty much covered this one earlier - but now with so much stock on file I can put books together much faster.
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I tried to paint myself - but was really not much good at it, and fortunately was never stupid enough to try to turn it into a career!
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I very quickly discovered photography suited me better - somehow I could get things to work on film, that simply did not look right canvas or paper.
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I was particularly interested in contemporary Western art and Far Eastern art - Zen ink painting and that sort of thing.
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I would never dream, for example, of going to The States to photograph your wildlife.
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If it is just a quick shoot for a magazine travel feature - I may get it tied up in three or four days (but I don't often do this kind of work).
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In The States I would have no edge, no advantage at all.
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My first serious project was photographing badgers - very, very difficult as they are shy and nocturnal.
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Oh yes - I constantly look at other photographers work.
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One thing you learn fast, when working freelance, is that lots of things do not pan out - projects get canned, clients don't pay, and so on.
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Photography started as a means of getting reference material for my paintings of nature subjects.
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Rather ordinary really - I grew up in the UK, was terribly bored at school (and I have to admit rather rebellious, but this was the late sixties!), but got as far as passing A levels..
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So about twenty years ago I gave up on painting - and got into terrible debt after buying a load of camera gear!
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The Kalahari is brilliant - and easy to visit.
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These got me into a good UK stock agency - I am still with this same agency now, and they continue to sell the odd badger image taken 19 years ago!
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What I did outside of school hours was far more meaningful - from a very early age I had a great interest in the natural world.
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