‘African Icons’ – Amboseli, Kenya

Size: Standard: 48” x 34” Large: 75” x 52” (Framed)

Materials: Innova Etching 315 gsm cotton rag paper

    As a photographer there are few places more exciting to visit than Amboseli, and perhaps nowhere in the world is there a more exhilarating place to photograph elephants. The combination of some of the last remaining ‘super tuskers’, huge families migrating between the national park and adjoining conservancies, and most dramatically, it all unfolds underneath Mt. Kilimanjaro, the world’s tallest free standing mountain.

    My first visit to the area was in October 2020. We started each day on the Amboseli lake bed, which at the end of a long season without rain meant it was dry and the earth crumbled under our land rover’s wheels. We were hoping to catch a group of elephants as they crossed from one side to the other – something they undertook twice a day; once coming in to the park for water in the morning and then back again in the evening to return to the hills and the abundance of food they contain.

    On our third day of five in the area, we got extremely lucky. Arriving as one herd had almost crossed the lake and in to the long grass, the mountain clearly visible in the background and the beautifully textured earth framing the scene, the photo composed itself.

    While I had hoped for some kind of moment like this, there’s so much out of your control that needs to fall into place. Mostly though, it wouldn’t have been possible without my guide, Eric Ole Kalama. Born just outside the park and a proud Maasai, Eric spent 10 years working for Dr. Cynthia Moss as part of her camp staff at Amboseli Trust for Elephants. Following his decade with Dr. Moss he went on to work as a guide at Tortillis, one of the regions most luxurious camps, before starting his own safari company and conservancy; Elephant Garden. Without Eric I’d have very few photos to show for my time in Amboseli.

    As with all images in this collection, 10% of the proceeds from this image will be split between David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation and Saving The Wild, my two partnered charities. It is thanks to the eorts of dedicated individuals and organisations like these that I, and many others, are able to still enjoy the incredible wildlife Africa has to oer. It is imperative to me therefore, that my images are able to help them achieve their missions and amplify their message.