In image making, we strive to look between the lines, looking for the untold stories in untrammelled spaces using photojournalism to tell a story of truth and integrity. Our preferred approach is to take the long view, spending time getting to know our subject and forming relationships with the people who bring the stories to life in longer term projects.
VIC FALLS & DEKA RAFTING
ZAMBIA, MALAWI TRAVEL
Bare are a handcrafted, all natural soap kitchen based on a farm just outside Harare, Zimbabwe. The mother and daughter team are inspired by nature, using plant based and ethically sourced ingredients and essential oils in their soaps and moisturizers. Bare takes great care to source high quality ingredients for their recipes, using organic and fair-trade ingredients where possible.
Our aim for this shoot was to create a library of product images for them that reflects the nature of the product and empathizes the identity of the Bare brand.
VIC FALLS TO DECA RAFTING
Below the Victoria Falls, where the great Zambezi river passes through the Batoka Gorge, there lies a section of some of the finest whitewater on earth.
Zimbabwe and Zambia need power. The proposed dam in this gorge will provide 1600nMW. It will also submerge this rare ecosystem and silence this wild piece of water. In 2017 we paddled the pristine gorge for 5 days. our experience of the wilderness and wonder that could be lost for all time is something we will cherish for the rest of our lives.
Imire is a family run conservation program thet works to create awareness internationally of the wildlife and poaching crisis which threatens Zimbabwe and Africa, and the obstacles faced by local communities and conservation organisations. The biggets threats to the animals protected at Imire, and regionally are poaching and human overpopulation. Poaching is driven by demand for ivory and rhino horn in foreign countries, and fueled by poverty and lack of education on the ground.
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States to serve World War II survivors in Europe. Since then, they have expanded in size to reach more than 130 million people in more than 100 countries in five continents. We’ve worked with CRS on projects in Zambia, Tanzania and Zimbabwe ranging from from health and sanitation to youth empowerment programs to agriculture schemes. CRS is an organization that we deeply respect and are privileged to have been given the opportunity to give voice to the programs we’ve documented.
Malawi , Zambia Travel
“My teacher told me, to take time when climbing a mountain” our guide panted as he wiped his brow, coming to a stop mid-way up the Lavushi Manda Peak. These wise and meaningful words came from Denis, a 48 years old father of 6; small in stature but large in character.
We had met Denis – or rather Denis had appeared with a flash of light out of nowhere the night before just as we had lost all hope of finding our campsite, Mumbatuta Falls. It was pitch black, I had cleared three hefty fallen trees off of the road and Buck had thrown in the towel after driving 9km in dense a forest, convinced that we had missed a turn. We were dirty, hungry and very unimpressed with one another and resigned to returning to the main park road to sleep the night at Linda Staff Headquarters when through the shadows and trees we saw a flashlight moving at speed towards us. The anti-poaching had heard over the radio that a vehicle had entered the park, had seen us drive past half an hour ago and wondered why on earth we were now bolting down the track away from the campsite. “Buck? Ah! You are Buck like a bushbuck! What a good name! No, no, no, you haven’t missed it” Denis insisted, “let me just come to show you”.
Denis who, shaped by the park, had stories to tell about stone-swallowing crocodiles, the menace of chameleons and the many complexities of honey, was just one individual we met on our two month trip through Zambia and Malawi. Our memories of that time are rich, ranging from some of the most hair raising transport experiences of our lives to getting lost in the middle of Zambia only to find a completely unexpected white sand beach, cold beers, clean, comfortable bedding and the most magnificent sunset of our lives.
I will be forever grateful to the people and the places that captured our hearts for those two months.
A short drive upriver from Victoria Falls, away from the cafe and bars, the lights and the noise, is Matetsi Victoria Falls – the ultimate luxury bush escape. A big thank you to the team, for making us feel so welcome and spoiling us rotten. It is an absolute pleasure to work with such a proudly Zimbabwean brand. Matetsi is proof that Zimbabwe’s star is rising.
After two hours at the border, I spent on-and-off, walking for the occasional high-speed collision with pot holes until we arrived at the appointed convoy meeting point. I can’t remember what the town was called, but it was a hive of activity with children and women selling cashew nuts, pineapples, boiled eggs and astonishingly cold water, while men roamed the road hawking live chickens and goats. Large trucks lined the road with their loads ready to go, cars and 4×4’s manned by finger-drumming drivers, waiting. In an instant the energy of the town changed: gears shifted, wheels screeched and horns bellowed. The military had given the all clear and it was time to go!
Predictably we were nowhere near our vehicle, having found a toilet we could use and therefore a line that needed standing in. Dodging breakaway lorries, we clambered back on board and set off in a mad hurry. It was exhilarating! That is until Buck was seen trying to document the adventure through photographs – bringing the entire convoy to a very abrupt halt. In all other ways the convoy was highly disorganised, but when it came to bringing it to a stop, they did it with military precision. All photographs must be deleted. And QUICKLY.
Note to readers, African militaries are usually disdainfully camera shy but as highly stylish individuals often clad in avatars, balaclavas, black leather boots and tough guy smirks with AK-47s slung in precarious positions, they are a subject which few photographers can resist. You think they would warm to us but they haven’t – too much to hide behind their avatars perhaps. Thankfully, Buck’s camera was not repossessed and he got away with a stern finger waggle accompanied by accented threats not to do it again. Next time….
You might have heard the rumbles coming from the South of Zimbabwe, the whispers of beauty, solidity and promise from travelers who have explored the dirt roads, watched the changing colors of the Chilojo cliffs and of course, have experienced Gonarezhou’s namesake, its elephants in their numbers.
Gonarezhou National Park has a buzz about it. It is wild, varied, large and it’s future is very exciting. On the back of a ten year partnership between the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority and Frankfurt Zoological Society, the Gonarezhou Conservation Trust was formed in March last year. Operations, objectives and management of the park are lead by a board of six trustees – 3 Frankfurt Zoological Society representatives and 3 Parks and Wildlife representatives.
As a visitor to Gonarezhou, you will likely see few staff beyond the lady behind the reception or the camp attendant quietly at work. Trust us, there is an extensive team working behind the scene whose enthusiasm and dedication is evident to those lucky enough to see them at work. The HQ boasts a school, a clinic, a command centre where all security operations are run from, a base for the thriving Chilojo Club (an awesome educational program that reaches over 43 schools in the area, active every day of the week), a human-animal conflict resolution body, research, accounting and administration staff with a vibrant and creative workshop backing it all up. The team has ambitious projects on the go with the renovation of Swimuwini camp underway. Exciting and most importantly, the Trust aims to reintroduce rhino back into the park in 2019.
The rumours are true, there is a star on the rise and its name is Gonarezhou National Park. Give their page @GonarezhouConservationTrust a follow to keep up to date with the latest news and going ons.