A talk that focuses on the stunning country of Namibia, that brings not only superlative landscapes to the screen, but underlines the need for conservation even in a desert country.
Simon's talk documents travels across some of the most iconic lands in the Southern African country along with a poignant reminder of how animals such as Cheetahs, Leopards, Lions, and wild dogs are in decline.
For most of my corporate career I worked in I.T. I worked in some of the most well known (but now some are part of history) companies. WordPerfect, Novell, Dell, and Microsoft. Underpinning all of these roles was communication. I left the corporate world around 2007 to pursue a career in photography. Championing nature, and working to raise money for some charities such as AfriCat in Namibia, Rare Breed Survival Trust and Staffordshire Wildlife Trust in the UK. I give a selection of talks around concert/music photography, horses, wildlife, Namibia, and Human Wildlife Conflict.
My talks are both serious and humorous and can last from30 minutes through to two hours!
"I remember going to an exhibition in London of original Ansel Adams prints. There were many of his most iconic including a huge print that he made of Half Dome in Yosemite. You could reach into the picture and touch the rock, smell the air, and feel instantly transported to a truly magnificent place! This for me, showed the power of the image and an art form that could change your thoughts and make you wish you could emulate this power. Over the years I've struggled to develop my own unique styles. In the last few years I've now settled on three "feels". However more importantly, I make images for me. It sounds selfish, but I'd rather know that I have created something I love, know, and feel for, than try to pander to market forces. If a viewer loves the image as much as I do, and wants to have a copy thats the best feeling on the planet. It's not about making money, its about living with yourself, being thankful for what you have, and knowing that you can sometimes reach out into someone else and change a view, perspective, thought, or emotion."
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