After a rainy January, February turned out to be a dry, hot and dusty month in the Masai Mara. It was quite a struggle keeping my equipment dust free and I had to take great care when changing lenses. On my return I popped in to my Canon service agents Fixation, to have my camera sensors cleaned! It seems strange now to be thinking of this while sitting here in snowy London, where it is -3c.
This time I was in the company of my great friend Roberta Bondar, fellow photographer and Patron of my charity Hoopers Africa Trust. As always, it was a great pleasure and lots of fun.
I returned with some great leopard images. of Siri, Kabosa, Bahiti and Fig, along with some of their cubs, but for me the highlight was spending time photographing the Eurasian roller, a migratory visitor to the Mara. While not quite as ‘showy’ as the native lilac breasted roller, it is beautiful all the same. Plenty of new images to consider for my 2018 exhibitions.
I hope to see many of you back at the Oxo Gallery for my summer show, which runs from 27th July to 19th August 2018.
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I am honoured once again, to have been invited by Margot Raggett to contribute to the next in her series of books; Remembering Great Apes, following the success of her previous titles Remembering Rhinos and Remembering Elephants.
Remembering Great Apes will be a beautiful coffee table book, full of images donated by many of the world’s top wildlife photographers and will be published on October 15th 2018. This will be the third in the Remembering Wildlife series which was created by wildlife photographer Margot Raggett after she was moved to take action upon seeing a poached elephant in Kenya.
Her mission is, through images donated by top wildlife photographers, to raise awareness of the threats facing various wildlife species and then through sales of the books, funds to protect them. Her first two books, Remembering Elephants and Remembering Rhinos, were both funded through Kickstarter campaigns (Elephants and Rhinos ) and were highly acclaimed. They have so far raised more than £300,000 between them for conservation and this is all thanks to Kickstarter!
This year’s book will have a foreword by famous chimpanzee conservationist Dr Jane Goodall, DBE and will be edited by world-renown great ape expert Ian Redmond OBE. The same art director and designer are in place and the printing will also be in the same fine art house in Italy as the previous two books.
Link to Kickstarter page: Remembering Great apes