Steve has been photographing wildlife & landscapes for over 40 years. Since receiving a small Kodak Instamatic camera at the age of 12, he has been enchanted with the natural world and the interplay of light between sky, water, mountains, trees & wildlife. His adventures have taken him to 6 continents-- from icy tundra in Patagonia to shoot Condors in the Andes-- to following Orcas from small boats in Alaska--
to tracking Jaguars in the Amazon.
Steve is constantly working & challenging himself to enter unusual situations, wherein he feels the chance for capturing a unique moment in nature is increased. His latest adventure took him to Africa, where he was able to spend time exploring the Okavango Delta & Chobe River of Botswana.
"Besides trying to create a visually pleasing composition-- with wild &
possibly dangerous animals-- the real challenge is to capture a bit of
the animal's soul. The Leopard, dangling its tail & paws from a branch
high in a favorite sausage tree is relaxed to the point of almost appearing to be a rag doll-- while simultaneously-- the look in the eyes of this magnificent predator conveys a supercharged awareness.
The Elephants, coming down for their late afternoon drink seem to
magically & seamlessly bridge the gap between the hot African soil
and the cool water of the Chobe River. The family bond was unmistakable; I wonder if they were as mesmerized by their reflections as I was.
I find myself staring at individual pictures taken on this early morning photo shoot of a troop of Baboons. Their human-like expressions are captivating-- as is the realization that they are similarly pondering the strange creature that was sitting in a jeep in front of them.
The hands of this two-week old baby-- clutching his father's fur for safety-- while clearly making curious eye contact with
me-- left me transfixed. I studied this particular group for over an hour-- sitting in silence between clicks of my camera.
Something not detectable by me-- perhaps an unfriendly scent
or a distant crack of a branch-- suddenly sent the entire troop
of more than 60 Baboons screaming & scampering into the
jungle. Where moments before I was observing dozens of
intimate family interactions by these wonderful creatures-- I
was stunned by their abrupt exodous. It was as if a giant hand
turned the tree upside down-- shaking & pouring the animals out. I was saddened for a brief moment-- but then smiled to
myself-- realizing how fortunate I was to have them allow me
into their special world for a short while to enable me to capture these unique & magical moments."