All I really wanted to do was wildlife photography.
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.
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.
I concentrate on the southern African subcontinent.
My first serious project was photographing badgers - very, very difficult as they are shy and nocturnal.
Photography started as a means of getting reference material for my paintings of nature subjects.
So about twenty years ago I gave up on painting - and got into terrible debt after buying a load of camera gear!
Big game photography in Africa is mainly done from a vehicle, so then I feel I might as well take the lot.
Even for an area I know well, I prepare a shooting list of subjects I need.
I also had a tremendous passion for art and read a lot.
I also like flyfishing - maybe I would have figured a way to make a living out of that?
I think few wives would have encouraged this kind of drastic and reckless career shift!
I would never dream, for example, of going to The States to photograph your wildlife.
In The States I would have no edge, no advantage at all.
The Kalahari is brilliant - and easy to visit.
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