I first visited Africa more than 30 years ago and fell in love with the wide open spaces, the wildlife and the overall vibrancy that Africa seems to exude wherever you go.
Although I originally set out to travel through Africa and capture what I saw on film, I soon found myself working as a safari guide in Kenya. Although photography was still a key reason for being there, the amount of work involved in planning and leading safaris meant that there was not nearly enough time to do it justice.
In fact for the next few years travel, and the travel industry, took up almost all my time. I moved from Kenya to Egypt where after starting as a tour leader I took charge of the Middle East operations for a UK tour operator, working my way up to the position of Operations Director.
In 1991 I co-founded The Imaginative Traveller; a company specialising in small group adventure holidays and was fully occupied running that right up until 2007. Of course I would take every opportunity to get back to Africa that presented itself but there was never enough time.
My enthusiasm for Africa and its wildlife has never diminished and in 2007 I felt that the time had come to leave the travel industry and resume the task I set out with over 30 years ago; photographing Africa.
Once again things didn’t work out quite as planned and I found myself setting up another travel company; but at least this time it was a company specialising in African photographic safaris.
In the past few years I’ve had the pleasure of accompanying clients on safari in Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe; for many of them it was their first time on safari and it always gives me a special buzz to witness them falling in love with this amazing continent.
I am a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the owner of Wildlife Photography Africa.