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Nigel Dennis
January 16, 1912 - July 19, 1989
Nationality: British
Category: Writer
Subcategory: British Writer

Big game photography in Africa is mainly done from a vehicle, so then I feel I might as well take the lot.


I would never dream, for example, of going to The States to photograph your wildlife.


I concentrate on the southern African subcontinent.


I think few wives would have encouraged this kind of drastic and reckless career shift!


Photography started as a means of getting reference material for my paintings of nature subjects.


A large wildlife book, start to finish, could take one to two years, but then I would expect to get several good (nature) magazine features off the back of this, plus of course a lot of stock.


The Kalahari is brilliant - and easy to visit.


For the first few years we lived in a tiny rented cottage at the bottom of a friend's garden. We often joked that there was plenty of film in the fridge, but not too much food!


My first serious project was photographing badgers - very, very difficult as they are shy and nocturnal.


Currently I am working on another three books, doing a lot of magazine work, am shooting for fifteen stock agencies, plus my own photo library - all this keeps me quite busy!


I also like flyfishing - maybe I would have figured a way to make a living out of that?


All I really wanted to do was wildlife photography.


For sure, all over Poland, kids had my picture of a lemur on their bedroom wall - but the chances are they may never get to see a real lemur in Madagascar. I thought this was great and it really meant a lot to me.


So about twenty years ago I gave up on painting - and got into terrible debt after buying a load of camera gear!


I hope to goodness I would not still be working in the corporate world - the money is OK but it is no life at all.


In The States I would have no edge, no advantage at all.


I also had a tremendous passion for art and read a lot.


I carry a notebook full of sketches of pictures I want to take - they are really scruffy sketches, but at least I am going out there with a clear objective.


Even for an area I know well, I prepare a shooting list of subjects I need.


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