I first visited Africa in 2015 when I volunteered on an anti-poaching unit in Mpumalanga, South Africa. While there, my passion for the continent was ignited and I never looked back.
I studied graphic design at university and my love for safari came through in my work. I began to manipulate briefs to create visual campaigns for African tourism and conservation initiatives and took every opportunity I could to get back to Africa, visiting nine other countries since my first trip.
The mix of culture, scenery and wildlife in Africa is magical and captured my heart and my imagination. I find certain combinations of conditions in Africa create an evocative sensory stimulus that simply cannot be replicated elsewhere. For me, the atmosphere created by the smell of wild sage coupled with the call of a turtle dove as you begin your morning’s safari is something that remains the quintessential essence of Africa.
I'll never forget when…
One day while working in southern Africa the head guide picked me up unexpectedly shouting, ‘Josh, there’s a pangolin let’s go!’ I rushed out to join him but forgot my camera. I was devastated to think I’d missed the chance to document my first pangolin sighting but when we arrived it was obvious the pangolin was dangerously disorientated. We quickly picked it up and relocated it to a safer area. I did end up getting some photos, but knowing I was a part of helping such an endangered animal is far more important and something that will always bring a smile to my face.