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Predict the future for stronger images
It can be very difficult to create a powerful image where people are in motion. My attitude in these situations, such as here in Tunisia is based on a philosophical hybrid between two photographic legends: the “decisive moment” of Cartier Bresson and the “in-between” of Robert Frank.
Understand the people you're photographing
“Did nobody try to steal your camera?” people asked me when I returned from a boattrip through Congo. A silly question, I thought to myself.
How reading the newspaper makes you a better photographer
As a travel photographer, one of the keys to a successful trip is the ability to anticipate certain events. The bigger celebrations are hard to miss but the smaller ones don’t tend to get much press outside the local community. That’s why I always make sure to talk to people about any upcoming events and read every local newspaper I can get my hands on.
Understand that sometimes you are not wanted
The women of Imilchil do not like to be photographed, especially by a foreign photographer.
Get to the center of the action
Photographing the Maasai can be complicated, as they know they are a tourist attraction and expect money in return for being models. After a lengthy negotiation with the chief of this village, he agreed that I could spend four days in there to photograph daily life.
Getting the perfect shot may take forever
Over the course of ten years I have spent more than 200 nights in South Africa. I like to take pictures of all kinds of animals, but my main focus has always been wild cats.
Why wildlife photography is hard work
Lake Naivasha in Kenya is known for its 350 species of birds, an amazing number for a small lake if you consider that on the entire British Isles there's barely twice that amount. No surprise that Kenya is popular with bird watchers and wildlife photographers.
The secret to a good photo? It's time
When I went to Cairo to photograph belly dancing I didn’t know how welcome I'd be.
Waking up to Creation
“What the wilderness does, is present us with a blueprint of nature as it was after the creation, when all plants, trees and animals came straight from the hands of whatever it was that created them.”
Meeting paradise – and angry hippos – on an African lake
Lake Naivasha looks its best from the former home of Joy Adamson, the author of “Born Free”, who lived on the shore until her death in 1980.