20 Questions with Morkel Erasmus

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If you are keen on wildlife photography and  you’re on Facebook or Google+ you have more than likely seen some of his amazing nature images.

Morkel is great at sharing his passion online and now he share a bit more about the person behind the camera as he answers the questions that Mark and Penny had a crack at earlier this week.

Morkel Erasmus

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

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1. Describe yourself in 3 words.

Passionate, Easy-going, Jovial

2. Describe the moment when you realised – I love photography.

When I got my first “bridge” camera from my girlfriend (now my wife) and started really thinking about the images I was snapping.

3. Describe your personal photographic style.

I love moody photos and photos that tell a story. If I can combine them, even better. I find tremendous creative fulfilment in the capturing and processing of photos.

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

Leopards. Because they hate me and never want to come close to me, haha.

5. Photographically speaking, what motivates you?

Seeing amazing photographs taken by other people in places I frequent and in places I would like to visit. The sense of camaraderie and fellowship in the South African community of nature photographers is just great, too.

6. What doesn’t?

People who can’t take constructive criticism on their photography. If you’re not teachable, you’ll never grow. Nobody has ever “arrived” fully in any artform.

7. Share your single best photographic moment ever.

Hard to single one out! Has to be the experiences I’ve had in Mana Pools with Marlon du Toit, and my recent trip to a secluded research waterhole in Etosha with Hans Rack.

8. Do you set photographic goals for yourself?

Yes. Often I have a preconceived idea in my mind of the kind of image(s) I would like to obtain from a specific location or safari. It’s most rewarding when you can come back having met that expectation and sometimes even exceed it.

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

I would pick Star Wars…and Nikon would be Luke Skywalker. Canon?  Well, that’s Jabba the Hut. Hahaha

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

What you get if you cross the music of Justin Bieber with the music of Muse.

11. What is your favourite wildlife photography coffee table book?

I must confess I don’t own too many myself. I do love Hannes Lochner’s books…and am looking forward to his newest release coming out soon…

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

  • For wildlife: Alaska – I just love the idea of grizzly bears and bald eagles against the backdrop of glaciers, pine forests, crystal clear lakes and snow-capped mountains.
  • For landscapes: Patagonia in Argentina – no words necessary here, do a Google image search.
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13. Tell us something that we would not be able to tell about you by looking through your Facebook page.

I’m lazy – when it comes to house chores and DIY stuff and washing my car and exercise.

14. Share 5 of your hobbies / interests outside of photography.

  • I sing, play guitar and write songs (used to do the band thing quite prolificly)
  • I write poetry
  • I enjoy fly-fishing
  • I enjoy hiking
  • I love reading and watching good movies.
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15. Name four famous people – dead or alive – you would like to take on a photo safari. And why?

  • Leonardo di Caprio – not because of his acting but because of his activism for wildlife
  • Bono – just because he’s a legend
  • Charles Spurgeon – I’d just love spending some quality time with this preacher in the bush, probably won’t be taking any photos though!
  • William Wilberforce – not only do I find great inspiration in his life story and how he fought the system to end slavery in the UK, but he also had a great sense of wonder for even the small things of nature.
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16. If we hit play on your iPod right now, what song would play?

Probably something from Phillip Phillips (yes, I know he sounds a lot like Dave Matthews)

17. What is your favourite restaurant?

Anything other than Spur or the well-known fast-food chains (which is pretty much all we have where I live).  I do love Thai food, Indian food and Mediterranean Cuisine.

18. What is the last book that you read?

Currently busy with “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen. Yes I’m a softy sometimes and besides, it was free on iBooks

19. Share your favourite motivational quote.

Photography should evoke more than it describes – Unknown

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

“Would you like to go to the leopard in the tree next, or to the elephant stomping a crocodile to death?”

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Make sure to check back next week when we will continue getting to know the Wild Eye Ambassadors as they answer our 20 questions!

Until next time.

Gerry van der Walt

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