I’ve just arrive in Nairobi.
Tomorrow morning I will, along with the Wild Eye East Africa team, head to the Masai Mara where we will prepare for the 2014 edition of our Big Cats & Tuskers Photo Safari.
This 10 day itinerary will see us visit the Masai Mara, Lake Nakure, Lake Naivasha and Amboseli.
It’s all about photography.
Lots of it.
Now even though I do not go on these trips to shoot for myself I am really, really looking forward to getting out into the field with other photographers. Yes, I do get a few shots in between but the last week has brought with it an interesting mix of online discussion and a very inspirational event at the Wild Eye office which has made my photographic mind spin in all kinds of directions.
I have not picked up a camera since our Tuli Nature Photograph workshop in December which means I have not taken a single image with a DSLR in almost 2 months but you know what, I think it’s a good thing.
Creativity and inspiration is not something you can or should force.
I feel like my not picking up a camera for a while has allowed my own creativity and inspiration to simmer somewhere deep down. In a good way.
Looking at images, working through my own RAW files from last year and then listening to Greg du Toit chat about wildlife photography and art has all come together and I feel excited to pick up a camera again. To teach. To inspire.
Perhaps it’s like overtraining at the gym. You need to take some time off every now and then in order to get stronger and renew your motivation to go harder and faster. To get better.
Wildlife photography is great in that you never really know what you’re going to get and I guess that excites me because creativity and inspiration can be used as a filter through which any scene or subject can be made into something special.
Time and connectivity allowing I will be sharing images, updates and hopefully a few blog posts from the field as we travel to some fantastic photographic destinations.
The American astronomer Carl Edward Sagan said “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”
That’s kind of how I feel.
Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be photographed.
Until next time.
Gerry van der Walt
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