His ability to capture animals in moments when their personalities are in full flight makes Armand Grobler a photographer to watch. He’s not only an image-maker, but a compelling visual storyteller whose gift is evident in these highlights from his first book, Photo Safari Kruger.
With ever-changing scenery, from open savanna plains to dense forests, from flowing rivers to salty pans, Kruger is a photographic paradise. Photo Safari Kruger aspires to capture the complete quintessence of a photographic safari experience and articulates the captivating story of South Africa’s premier game reserve and its fascinating inhabitants.
For much of the project, I lived in a tent, close to nature and exposed to the extremity of the elements. Living in these conditions is a humbling experience, you soon start to appreciate the basics of solid walls and a roof, and yet listening to the gentle pitter-patter of rain on the canvas, the roar of a distant lion, the resonating trills and chirrups of insects or a hyena sniffing around the campsite, allows you to be completely absorbed into the wild experience.
Falling asleep to the natural symphony of an African night became my happy place, and when I eventually returned home, the unnerving silence of solid walls kept me awake for countless evenings.
From setting up camp in torrential rains to enduring 42°C heat, surviving cyclonic winds of more than 92km/h and persisting through long, freezing nights, the Kruger had provided it all over the years it took to complete this project, only deepening my passion for and desire to be part of this extraordinary kingdom.
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