As Travel Photographers and Wildlife Photographers we face a dilemma. We want to record what we see and offer the best representation to our followers but we also want to produce the biggest impact with our work.
The leopard in the tree with the washed out sky in the background is the true representation of what I saw. I sat in a boat on the Chobe river for hours waiting for the sunset to change the sky or the leopard to move and offer a better back drop, but no, she was happy sitting against the African bleached out skyline whilst her cub (in the bottom photo) played along the river bank.
The top photo, with the replacement sky has been one of my most successful photos in competition, it is a true representation of the leopard – but not the African skyline along the Chobe river.
Which is best, what is right, how much editing should we do? What are your thoughts – all criticism welcome!
Cambodia’s story is one of extremes; horror and atrocities blended with the peace and tranquility of Buddhism, a care free attitude to transport and life with few rules and little frustrations, solitude and friendships, and of course – life on the river with its food source and its pollution. Hopefully each of these photos, paired with the one next to it, tells you a story.
The simplicity and relaxed nature of the the lives along the banks of the river mask the poverty and lack of basic necessities in which they live. However I do not think I have met a more content and welcoming nation.
The Mekong river is central to the lives of those who live along its banks, it supports their mode of transport, supplies their morning fish and their homes are built along its shore. These photos were taken on the Mekong delta in Vietnam and up into Cambodia during the dry season (March 2019)
I enjoy the challenge of street photography so I don’t understand why I don’t take more of it. Here is a selection from the last few years taken from all around the world – Venice, Cape Verde, Sicily, Prague… what is common is the happiness on the faces.