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This Week At Angama #161

There is something sweet and rewarding about using photography as a tool to help tell a story that can raise awareness and bring about change. Adam discusses his drive and why he keeps pressing the shutter
A giraffe reaches for the tall branches of a tree in the early morning light

People regularly ask me how I can spend so much time in the bush taking photographs and not get bored. Doesn’t one lion look like the next, they say. Haven’t you seen it all? Truthfully, the thought never even crosses my mind; I often feel like I have barely scratched the surface when it comes to wildlife. 14 years in the industry and I still have so much to learn, so much to see – and even more to document.

Early morning game drives in the Maasai Mara f 4.0, 1/80, ISO 500, -0.33
A thin layer of mist cloaks the grasslands f 5.0, 1/800, ISO 640, -1.33

Believe it or not, I have never seen an aardvark, nor a pangolin. This fact alone keeps me going out again, and again, and again. One day, perhaps, I will see an aardvark whilst walking to my car in the early morning. The camera trap in my garden proves the existence of this mythical creature. As for the pangolin…well, I feel there are just some creatures that are meant to remain unicorns.

The early morning light catches the smallest details, turning the plains into a shimmering wonderland

Wildlife photographers are a unique breed – we work obscene hours, travelling to remote locations, spending silly amounts of money on pieces of equipment, all to justify not knowing what we may find around the next corner.

Mama Kali, has been mating this week with members of the Bila Shaka Coalition f 5.0, 1/800, ISO 500
A jackal pup curls up into a ball on a cold morning f 4.0, 1/250, ISO 500, -0.67

Wildlife does not abide by rules. Mother Nature doesn’t listen to us. The continual search for what could be is so compelling. Even the faintest notion that ‘Today could be the day’ is enough to keep trying.

A small breakaway group of the Military Pride with two sets of cubs and two females

In recent years, my photographic journey has shifted somewhat. What started off as a mild obsession to beautifully capture every animal has now morphed into something deeper. A hope, and an intension, that the images I take go some way towards documenting a story, capturing attention, raising awareness, growing tourism, building conservation efforts, and most importantly educating those who are not able to experience first-hand what I am blessed to be able to.

Have you ever wondered why lions are the colour they are? f 6.3, 1/1600, ISO 500, -0.33
Nine buffalo bulls minding their own business f 7.1, 1/250, ISO 500, -0.33

At the very root of it all, we as humans are deeply connected with nature. Some are very aware of this, others may have forgotten – or perhaps never took the time to know. The very second you go out on drive into the Maasai Mara, the wind in your face, the sun on your skin, the grasslands rolling towards the horizon – you just know. You feel it. It is those feelings which I try to capture in my photography, and it is that quest which keeps me coming back for more.

Lions of the Mara; including Olalashe (centre), one of the most beautiful males in the Triangle

This Week Three Years Ago

The Famous Five bring down a topi in 2018 Photography by Adam Bannister

Time flies. I can’t believe that three years ago I was fortunate enough to watch the Famous Five male cheetahs from the Mara successfully bring down a topi. Incredibly, these five continue to dominate vast tracts of land across the Mara, and continue to focus much of their hunting on such topis.

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About: Adam Bannister

A South African-trained biologist, safari guide, author, filmmaker and photographer, Adam is, above all else, a gifted storyteller. After spending the past 10 years working in some of the world’s most beautiful wild places – the Sabi Sand Game Reserve in South Africa, Rajasthan in India, Brazil’s Pantanal, and the rainforests of Manu National Park in Peru – he is delighted to share his stories of one of the loveliest game reserves of them all, the Maasai Mara.

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