At just 6 years old, I left the shores of England for the great unknown of Africa.
My favourite book at the time was Maurice Sendak’s ‘Where the Wild Things Are’. When Young Max is sent to bed without supper, he finds his room morphing into a prehistoric jungle with a host of bizarre creatures as his new companions; and a fantastic adventure ensues. That’s what it was like for me: one day I was watching cows chew the cud in Derbyshire’s meadows, and a week later I was listening to the roar of wild lions in the African savannah.
I felt an instant and powerful connection to the wilderness, and it’s a primordial feeling that tugs at me whenever I am outside her bounds. I have subsequently dedicated my life to sharing this connection with others in the belief that through re-connecting people to the natural rhythms of the earth, we stand the greatest chance of protecting her wildness.
After 15 years in the field across five continents, I have worked as a professional photographer, wildlife guide and bespoke travel planner. My strongest passion is around big cats and the art of tracking, leading me to guide trips beyond Africa and into the Pantanal for jaguars, to Patagonia for pumas and to the Himalayas for snow leopards, where I was fortunate enough to film the first complete snow leopard hunting sequence.
I am honoured that my photographs have won international awards and have been featured in numerous publications including the National Geographic. I was also fortunate enough to be selected as the photographer for National Geographic’s Okavango Wilderness Project, for which I recently undertook a 2400km canoe expedition of the Okavango Delta in a bid to secure protection for its headwaters. Another passion project of mine is rangerdiaries.com which I founded as a portal for nature guides to share their wildlife stories globally. The medium connects people to conservation in a positive, evocative and visual way to share the wonders of wilderness far beyond its bounds.
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