Priot to establishing Iconic Images International, I spent over 35 years in the corporate world, in various parts of the globe and found, solitude in the world’s salty oceans.
Two primary objectives of Iconic Images are (i) to use photography to increase awareness of the need to preserve the beauty of nature and its diminishing wildlife and (ii) deliver “high-end” photographic safaris, particularly into Africa.
Nature is where I find quiet contentment, balm for spirit, and a place for healing of soul and conservation photography
My photography is not a portrayal of environmental vandalism or an elegy to vanishing places. Others cover these aspects.
Rather, my focus is on the use of photography to encourage conservation, whilst understanding the attendant tensions between development and nature conservation.
I see wild creatures in my viewfinder as ambassadors for the preservation of their diminishing habitat – my frame seeks to evoke reverence and hopefully awe.
Great images can be beacons to a stronger connectedness with nature and inspire respect – a true connection to nature happens first in our own hearts and souls.
If my images or photo tours help others embrace even a small part of their Earth again, that is my reward.
I seek to protray each subject’s individuality, as every landscape, seascape, mammal, animal, and bird has an individuality that is unique and it changes through the seasons, and even throughout the day.
To truely portray the individuality of a wild animal or bird, it is important to get to know them, to be with them when they are being themselves, as if they did not know they were being composed in my frame – to be like a chameleon and meld into their environment. Some are sensual, some are rugged or dangerous, others are inhospitable, wild, gracious or serene. A peaceful zen morning can quickly turn into a perfidious stormy afternoon. A gracious leopard can, turn into a ferocious killing beast.
Like any friend, it is important to treat nature with respect and curiosity; to be sensitive to what it is seeking to tell me. Then, as a photographer, I become connected to it, to the matrix from which I was born, which sustains me, and to which I, and all of us, will, one day, return. Each of us is a very important part of this matrix, and we are in a position to preserve and enjoy it, or destroy it.
This position is a privileged one, always accompanied by an authentic calling to recognise the fragility of the matrix.
I am fortunate to live in an unspoilt and unpolluted part of the planet, in forever changing light, clear skies, in the midst of magnificent land and seascapes – a blessing afforded to a few.
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What is the AIPP?
Founded in 1963, the AIPP is a not-for-profit organisation run for professional photographers and industry representatives who seek to set a standard of excellence within the photographic industry.
All images shown here are of wild creatures, treated with respect and photographed in their natural habitat and behavior.