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Tell us about yourself
I’m a conservation and travel photographer, and a professional design lead in UX, but not currently based anywhere in particular because I can work from anywhere in the world. Though I love to travel, I generally opt for places where my work in design and photography can be put to good use to promote conservation efforts, sustainability and social impact.
Why do you travel and photograph your journeys?
I take photos of my journeys so people can see the true wonders of the planet which are off the beaten track. There’s too much attention on major destinations, and very little attention going to the smaller less known places. And that’s where I tend to be drawn to most because the experience is far more authentic and less staged.
What is your favourite thing or item to photograph
Wildlife and local people. There are always good stories there,…
What’s your go-to travel hack?
To not rely too much on technology, because when you’re in the field for 2 weeks, you won’t really find much use for a heavy laptop and extra lenses. And I also switch my iPhone off. It carries attention away from the present moment and it’s far too distracting.
Got any gear you can’t travel without?
A good power bank. It’s a life saver.
What destination are you eager to go back to?
The Republic of Namibia. It’s such a surprising country in all aspects.
How do you stay safe when you’re travelling?
I don’t flash my privilege around and blend in as much as possible. Also, I try to be nice to people, because those are the ones who’ve come to my aid when I needed it the most.
What’s the best way to experience a destination like a local?
There’s nothing better than researching the culture and the customs before arriving, and befriending a local before arriving. Instagram is a great place for this. When arriving, you’ll already know what to expect, and know someone who’ll help you blend in.
What’s your favourite word in another language?
“Sawubona” It’s Zulu, but used all over Southern Africa. It’s not only a greeting, but the acknowledgement of the importance of your presence. It literally means “I see you (and therefore acknowledge you)”
When and where are you next travelling?
Dry season to the Pantanal Region of Brazil.