Raison d’être

Raison d’être – Part One

My (photographic) raison d’être (as anyone who knows me, and my work) has always been: “I dont photograph anything that moves or makes a noise!

CLICK ON AN IMAGE TO ENLARGE THEN USE THE ARROW KEYS TO SCROLL THROUGH THE GALLERY – please leave your thoughts or perhaps a challenge !

Although this is just a little tongue-in-cheek as a landscape photographer it is essentially true. I have never been attracted to wild-life or people photography; not to say that I don’t admire those who do, or their work.

Photography is so diverse, and perhaps surprisingly to none photographers, the techniques and the equipment that accompany the “black box” can be so very different for these different subjects that in order to cover the whole gamut one would need a lot of gear and diverse techniques  – therefore the practitioners tend to specialise, however…

During my recent visit to the Central Kalahari Botswana where I was thrust into the heart of Africa, the wildlife was impossible to ignore. The creatures are the landscape and vise versa, there is no separation, so I chose to use my limited experience and got totally absorbed: the following is a selection of my first attempt !

Oh if I have any identifications wrong please let me know. Some of the birds I don’t know so please contribute.


  1. These are beautiful Peter – and this from me who said I’d never want to see another photo of a lion!
    Now that you are into wildlife, ctps has a presentation tonight by “Internationally-acclaimed Wildlife Photographer Greg du Toit” – cost R100 for visitors – interested?

    • Thanks Jenny still waiting for some info on the birds, perhaps you can ask the famous bird photographer at the club – cant make it tonight other commitments

    • Hi Colin thank you – some nice shots me thinks, but the place its self is an inspiration and I am fortunate to be one of the few who have spent time in this remarkable place. I did nearly 5,000 kms in 15 days. I will soon publish the landscapes !