Back from AFRICA
We are back from our Extraordinary Conservationists Panotriptych Photo Expedition!
It’s been six intense weeks of traveling in southern Africa, creating the definitive photos that would convey the essence of the conservation work of five inspirational individuals and their teams. Our journey took us to Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa, where we met fascinating personalities, proud and committed teams, wild, unpredictable creatures, spectacular sceneries and uncontrollable skies. Although we faced many challenges along the way, we are proud to have accomplished our goal, to create five one-of-a-kind photos!
Out in the bush not far from the Zambezi river, we created the anti-poaching Panotriptych with Damien Mander, founder of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation, and his team of highly trained anti-poaching rangers. Thanks to their 24/7 patrols at the Stanley and Livingston private game reserve, we were able to witness the beauty of black-rhinos wandering in a safe and protected wilderness. Portraying the work of the IAPF rangers was the goal of our first Panotriptych.
June 25-30, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
We went into the bush to forage for ants and termites with rescued ground pangolins, the pangolin men and Lisa Hywood, founder of the Tikki Hywood Foundation and world-renowned pangolin expert. Down low, from the pangolin’s world view, we created a challenging three-act Panotriptych of the Tikki Hywood Foundation, portraying the care, rehabilitation and release back into the wild of pangolins.
July 1-5, Harare, Zimbabwe
We met 37 gentle beasts, aka white rhinos, peacefully eating alfalfa within a double-fenced high-security enclosure created by Dr. Jana Pretorius, founder of the Rhino Pride Foundation. Jana believes in preventative measures for rhino conservation and aims to create safe havens where rhinos can be protected and shielded from poachers. RPF’s panotriptych showcases the orphanage, a top level veterinary check-up on a rhino bull and high tech security, all to save rhinos from being killed for their horns.
July 6-9, Bela Bela, South Africa
We worked with the amazing team of Dr. Laurie Marker, founder of the Cheetah Conservation Fund to encapsulate in one definitive photo the complex and multi-facetted work accomplished over the years to keep the cheetahs thriving and the communities safe. Not only did we get really close to the fastest land animal on earth, but we also managed to get a herd of undisciplined goats camera ready.
July 10-15, Otjiwarango, Namibia
Finally, we headed to almost the most southern tip of Africa, Gansbaai precisely, where a few remaining critically endangered African penguins struggle live and breed on Dyer Island. Wilfred Chivell, founder of the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary has been passionately fighting for their protection, rescue and rehabilitation. Our panotriptych will show that when there is a will, there is a way, even for the forgotten African Penguins.
July 10-15, Dyer Island, South Africa
We are now in full post-production mode, looking at completing the final Panotriptichs and preparing them for large scale exhibition-grade prints.
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