Capturing Essence

We come across animals in all different manners, and no sighting is ever the same. From the individual animal and it’s behaviour, the lighting, environment and even the attitude of the photographer; it all feeds into constantly unique experiences and ever an ever-expanding portfolio of images.

Living in Africa, and having been photographing these animals for years now, what interests me the most and often makes me the proudest, is when I capture what I believe to be the essence of that creature. A photograph that isn’t necessarily telling a story, but conveys in one-thousandth of a second, the nature and character of that being. Below are some of my favourite photographs, not necessarily my best, but ones I feel more attached to purely because I feel they sum up their species as a whole in one single frame.


The elusive and majestic nature of the leopard is something quite tricky to communicate in