Dusk at Karen Blixen Camp just outside the Maasai Mara National Park.
I’m writing this at the Amsterdam airport. Been here since 5am and my flight leaves at 5pm, another couple hours. Another 12 hours from now and I’ll be home. Had a fun layover in Amsterdam but my wifi just ran out. So I’ll post this from home.
Can’t wait to update you on the trip to Kenya, my first safari. I travelled with an exceptional group of photographers with gear ranging from iPhones to pro-cameras and big glass with multipliers, surrounded by beanbags and monopods, and it’s been a fantastic trip. We’re already in the initial stages of planning for 2011 and I can hardly wait.
I’m not a wildlife photographer, but this trip re-awakened in me some deep conservationist leanings, and a new appreciation for how difficult the work of some of the best wildlife shooters is. I came away with a head full of lessons, African savannah air that lightens the chest and the spirit, and a heart full of possibilities. One of those possibilities is a school for Maasai children. Tomorrow the next eBook launches and the first 1000 copies sold are going to build a new wing on to a school just outside the Maasai mara. I got into the kind of photography I did because I saw it as a possible agent of change, and this is a great example of thinking a little outside the box – something at which Africans are exceedingly good. At some point I’ll post a slideshow of images from that school, but I want to thank you in advance for being part of the future of these incredible kids.
Stay tuned tomorrow (Jan 22nd) for the launch of The Inspired Eye, Vol II. There’s a discount – in fact, TWO of them to choose from – and the first 1000 copies sold go straight to this project; the construction will be overseen by GIVE International and 100% of those funds will go to building this wing. It’s our project, so spread the love and tell the world.
I’m around until the 28th, will be blogging until then. Then it’s off to Senegal and I’m sorry to say it’ll be quiet again around these here parts until the 14th of February.
It’s good to be home. I’ll post more soon, including some images. Just give me a little time to catch my breath.