BIOGRAPHY• Born in 1953, Johannesburg, South Africa.• Worked as a photographer, writer & graphic artist.• Began wildlife photography in 1993 but became fully devoted in 1996.
ACHIEVEMENTS• Some of the awards he received : - The Power of Photography Award - The Golden Eye Of Russia - Lucie Awards• Gave fund-raising speeches for The WWF and Save The Rhino.• Held many outdoor exhibitions to raise awareness of habitat encroachment and global warming.
PUBLICATIONSHe has published several photography books & several children’sbooks. Some examples are listed below.Trading Places - The Living Africa Spirit Elephant! UntamedMerchants Of (2008) Of The (2006) (2004)Nairobi (2009) WildIn Praise Of Life: Photography Les Animaux My Big Cats My FavouritePrimates Exposed: The Story Racontés Aux Journal Animal Families(1999) Behind The Image (2005) Enfants (2012)
PHOTOGRAPHYAn excerpt from an interview with Lewis Blackwell for the book“Photowisdom”, 2009:“I believe that aesthetics is of a higher order than technique, but techniquemust be mastered first and relegated into the subconscious so that thephotographer can concentrate on seeing. Digital photography has liberatedme from many of the constraints of traditional photography, but it alsoencourages a less disciplined approach. So when I switched to digital, Istopped using the motor drive and decided to be very selective about when Ipressed the shutter. I do not use remote cameras, preferring to rely on hand-eye coordination when taking pictures. The moment it all becomes tootechnical and gadget-driven, the artistry is diminished.”
• Shoots on a Canon EOS-1Ds MkIII & use a range of lenses like the fisheye, 50mm to 500mm lenses.• Uses a mixture of flash & ambient light in the field, & mainly uses his Speedlight flashguns to fill in shadows or bring out highlights in the eye.• Pioneered the digital technique of morphing images into each other.• Employs the use of long exposure to sharply capture the stationary elements of images while blurring, smearing, or obscuring the moving elements.• Besides aesthetics, he manages to capture pivotal moments of the animals & the emotions from the natives or people.