I have been staying with a Himba family on and off for the past 5 years. During this time I have formed a close bond with the family, but it is this girl Kawnedape who I find myself spending a lot of time with. She is in charge of herding the goats and looking after their needs, she is very friendly, photographic and loves to spend time in front of my camera. On my last visit she was constantly Followed by this goat, so I wished to capture an image that summed up the elationship they both had.
I am a photographer based out of Wollongong on the beautiful New South Wales, South Coast. Whilst I am at home I focus my attention on capturing the beautiful seascapes and lush hinterlands that surround my home, but my real passion in photography lies in Africa.
I'm intrigued by the wide open expanses that harbor so many hidden secrets, its beautiful landscapes, dangerous and varied wildlife and the diminishing cultures that all exist in such close proximity to one another. It is so different to our lives here in the western world, that I now actually feel more comfortable among the wilds of Africa and the various tribes I visit than I do in my own town. I now feel myself longing to be back in the harsh realities of Africa anytime I am away from it".
My regular travel to Africa and my subsequent photographic journeys have seen me drive thousands upon thousands of kilometers through all of southern and eastern Africa in search of that perfect image.
My connections with the people traverses the various cultures I visit and allows me to build mutually respectful relationships with the tribes and people I stays with. My images are brought to life by the time I spend living with and learning about his subjects and their cultures. This approach has allowed me to be in the right place at the right time, allowing me and my camera an insight few others ever get access to. It allows my images to showcase these people, their stories, their daily lives and the spectacular landscapes in which they live.
I am currently compiling a book on Himba culture and my experiences with one particular Himba family to accompany his images that I have collected over the past 5 years.
My enthusiasm and love for the dark continent has now lead to leading photographic tours through both Namibia and Ethiopia, allowing other travelers and photographers access to the tribes, places and experiences I have had the privilege to visit.
For more of my work please feel free to see www.benmcraephotography.com
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... as long as there's an advanced Maths course in a (not necessarily) nearby country. He's known for pushing friends into the most expensive photographic equipment... several family inheritances have been wasted, but they often acknowledge his smart advices. Owner of a clinical eye, he can spot perfection amidst chaos as easily as a small imperfection on a perfect photo. He's also an occasional stork stalker and, above all, a caring father of two beautiful children. Gastão's current location: Covilhã, Portugal.
... give us a hand. He's our Computer Science genius and is currently addicted to photographing cats. He's a natural born optimist who makes a joke out of anything... don't mess with his Toyota though. Eventually, his stocks will rise from death and he'll invest in livestock and vineyards. He's got highly trained fingers either playing the piano or shortcutting photoshop. We hope he'll stick around after marrying his college sweetheart. In the mean time, he'll dissect every submitted photograph into binary code. Pedro's current location: Covilhã, Portugal.
... would only be true if reading travel, geographic and surfing books/magazines accounted some mileage. He checks his e-mail every 2 minutes and he's often seen going cold-turkey when offline. Still divided between several walks of life, he strongly believes in Murphy's law "If anything can go wrong, it will". Photography plays a huge role in his life, at least judging by his conversation topics. Gray hair will eventually take the better of him. Pedro's current location: Covilhã, Portugal. Pedro's blog, personal/work homepage and facebook.