Aug 7, 2012, 6:50 AM EDT
In 2009 I traveled to Africa in hopes to find the best hunting properties for my clients. This quest took me to a highly recommended outfitter, Tollie Jordaan of Tollie’s African Safaris. Boasting a plethora of wildlife diversity on an enormous span of land, he also had an incredible population of nyala of which I had long-desired to hunt.
Upon arrival I was greeted by Tollie in addition to Tollie’s famous photojournalist friend, David Chancellor. We sat down for dinner and David explained his quest as a photographer in Africa and shared his desire to explore the complex relationship that exists between man and animal.
With intentions to publish a book titled Hunters it was evident that his unbiased approach to the project could possibly help enlighten the uninformed to the relationship between responsible hunters and wildlife; but, on the flip side, poachers and the affect they have on wildlife.“The larger body of work is looking at human-wildlife conflict in all its forms. ‘Hunters’ are obviously involved in that conflict. In some cases possibly the solution, in others possibly not.”
Knowing how difficult it is to educate the masses, I believe David’s project will help people to comprehend what hunters are doing to protect wildlife in a photographic form. His powerful photos will capture the eye, inspire curiosity, and ultimately reveal the important role hunters’ plays in the circle of life.
I agreed for David to photograph me of which will be included in his book, Hunters.
Just last week CNN did an unbiased article ‘Tourist Trophy Hunters Chase African Wildlife’ on David’s book which has stimulated incredible reaction from anti’s and hunters alike.
In my coming blogs, I will be interviewing David for his feelings and reactions to the journey his photojournalism project took him on.
What are your thoughts on how Hunters will impact hunters?
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