20 Questions with Mark Dumbleton

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Photography is about more than just about what gear you use, who has the biggest lens and how you process your images.

In this series of blog posts we will share a bit more about the people that make Wild Eye’s photo safaris, workshops and courses special.  You know they can create great images and, if you have spent any time with them out in the field, you will know that travelling with them is a great way to experience Africa and be inspired.

But there is so much more…

I recently asked all the Wild Eye staff and Ambassadord to answer 20 questions – pretty random questions – to give you a bit of insight into the person behind the camera.

To kick us off I give you Mark Dumbleton.

Wild Eye Ambassador Mark Dumbleton

Here goes with Mark’s answers to the our 20 questions.

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Describe yourself in 3 words.

Passionate, Dedicated, Patient

Describe the moment when you realised – I love photography.

Standing on top of a Namibian sand dune, under a flaming sunset sky!

Describe your personal photographic style.

I enjoy Landscape and Wildlife Photography. I like vibrant, contrasty tones in an image. I very rarely do anything in Black and White. I love wide, massive landscapes. Shallow depth of field wildlife images. I love to capture dramatic, story telling images.

What animal do you find the most difficult to photograph? Why?

I would say an Aardvark or Pangolin, because I am still yet to see one!

Photographically speaking, what motivates you?

The wilderness motivates me! I have a strong desire and passion for the Wilderness and photography. I travel and photograph as much as possible.

What doesn’t?

The hordes of rubbish that streams across social media and forums. More specifically, the hordes of photographs that get great praise which really are pretty crap!

Share your single best photographic moment ever.

Shooting of “Flaming Namibian Rainfall” – maybe we can link to my blog post here – http://www.markdumbleton.com/blog/flaming-namibian-rainfall/

Do you set photographic goals for yourself?

Oh yes. I am always pushing myself to become better, to better understand light, animal behaviour, weather. I set certain goals I would like to achieve before heading out to a destination. But the important thing to remember is enjoy photography. Don’t shoot yourself down if you don’t achieve those goals.

If you had to cast Nikon and Canon has characters in a movie, who would play them?

I think Nikon would be Gerard Butler, in an action film. Canon, well… I would like to say Nataniel in a chick Flick, but Canon is just as good as Nikon, so I would say Gerard Butlers Twin in the same action film. I would put them in a fight to the death! Hehe

Describe digital noise as you would to an 8 year old.

Hmm, very difficult to describe that easily to an 8-year old.

What is your favourite wildlife photography coffee table book?

My favourite at the moment would have to be Hannes Lochner – Colours of the Kalahari. But I think his new book coming out in the next month or 2 is going to be amazing! I love the Kalahari!

If you could choose anywhere outside of Africa to travel to – where would you go and why?

Patagonia! For Landscapes!

Tell us something that we would not be able to tell about you by looking through your Facebook page.

I have an addiction to cameras!

Share 5 of your hobbies / interests outside of photography.

  • Bird Watching
  • Guitar
  • Music Production
  • Travel
  • Camping
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Name four famous people – dead or alive – you would like to take on a photo safari.  And why?

  • Hannes Lochner – with his knowledge of the Kalahari, he could add something different to any Kalahari experience.
  • Will Smith – he is my favourite actor, he would bring a laugh a second.
  • Art Wolfe – photographic legend.
  • The first man to set foot on Africa – I would love to hear what Africa was like back before humans.
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If we hit play on your iPod right now, what song would play?

The soundtrack to the “Timescapes” Timelapse movie.

What is your favourite restaurant?

Turn n Tender – I love a good steak!

What is the last book that you read?

A Game Ranger Remembers, by Bruce Bryden.

Share your favourite motivational quote.

“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” Ansel Adams

Without using Google, what do you think this swahili phrase means? ‘Gari langu linaloangma limejaa na mikunga.’

To have a cold beer on the banks of the Mara River and experience the true beauty of the African Wilderness!

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Join Mark on one of these Wild Eye Photo Safaris:

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Check our Mark’s website and social media profiles here:

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Make sure to check back tomorrow when you can learn more about Penny Robartes as she answers these 20 questions!

Until next time.

Gerry van der Walt

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