Richard is an award-winning professional wildlife and landscape photographer. When not travelling, much of his time is occupied with writing instructional books on photography and magazine articles.
He spent much of his up-bringing in East Africa and frequent family safaris had a great impact on him, leaving him with an awe for the amazing wildlife of that continent. On leaving school he graduated in Zoology from Manchester University and was then temporarily side-tracked by another career. It was only later that his passion for the natural world was re-kindled, largely by linking it to his other love – photography.
He started taking an interest in photography at the age of 13 with his first camera, a Zenith E, and recalls spending hours stalking lizards with this and his next camera, an Olympus OM-10, in their garden in the southern Sudan. He has come a long way since then and now exhibits his work and writes books and articles on aspects of photography.
With his wife, Lisa, he is now based in South Devon, another area rich in natural beauty. However, he is still drawn to Africa and whenever possible he returns leading photographic safaris.
His ambition is to “capture and convey a measure of those visual experiences we stumble across once in a while in the natural world. It might be a vista, a spectacle or an interaction that uplifts you, takes you out of yourself. As you behold it, nothing else seems to matter and you feel a connection that leaves you to continue on your path with a smile on your face, an open heart and your perceptions changed”.
Having been brought up in East Africa, the abundant wildlife and majestic landscapes of this part of the continent have left their impression on Richard and he returns whenever possible. By leading photographic safaris, he is able to share his enthusiasm for ‘the safari experience’ with others. The excitement expressed as the group gathers around a camp fire or the dinner table each evening to talk about the amazing things they have witnessed is a joy to behold.
Richard has opted to limit the group sizes to 5 - 6 participants to ensure better individual attention and tuition if required. Unless otherwise stated, transport for the game drives will be in long-wheel-base 4x4 vehicles with either open sides or pop-up roof hatches, which are the ideal for photographers. There will be a maximum of 3 participants per vehicle allowing plenty of space for you and your equipment and options to photograph freely to both sides through the side windows and roof hatch. The drivers are top class experienced local guides with extensive knowledge of the reserves and wildlife.
Itineraries have been well thought-out and tested to maximize time spent in game-rich areas at the right times of day to give you the best photographic opportunities. In each itinerary he has also included some variety of locations and camps to enable you to encounter a variety of species and landscapes. The lodges and camps all have a good level of luxury, enabling you to recharge both your camera and your own batteries overnight.
On most days Richard will give a short illustrated talk, aiming to cover most of the important aspects of safari photography during the course of the trip. He will also be readily available throughout to answer questions and give any individual guidance required.
Turning up with swanky equipment and expensive lenses draped around your neck is not a necessary prerequisite. Be assured that you will not be judged according to your equipment. Even a humble compact camera will do. What is more important is your willingness to experiment and to learn. Hopefully you’ll return home with stacks of cracking shots regardless of the cost of your camera and lens. For most safaris, non-photographer travelling companions are also welcome, but please inform them that they may have to endure some very early starts, have some patience on the game drives and put up with some ‘photography talk’ at meal-times!
In addition to the itineraries listed, we would be happy to consider tailor-making a safari to suit your requirements as an individual, couple or small group.
Enquiries and booking
Bookings are made through Busanga Safaris, a UK-based ATOL-registered operator, giving our customers reassurance regarding security of their payments and the level of service they will receive.
Please contact Richard by email or phone with any questions and for further details of booking arrangements. Hurry, as the places on each safari are limited to ensure a special experience.
- 13th to 23rd August 2016 - South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
- 22nd September to 3rd October 2016 - Landscape and Wildlife Photography Safari in Namibia
- 8th to 16th October 2016 - Prime reserves of Amboseli and the Maasai Mara
The agents Richard uses are committed to sustainable tourism and are actively involved in helping to provide opportunities to local people who otherwise would not have received them. They have initiated and help fund various projects and also participate in many community projects within their local areas. More details can be found on their websites.