Photographer Paul Goldstein spent years trying to photograph the perfect beginning and ending of the Masai Mara day. Thanks to his role as guide for Exodus Travels, there have been countless opportunities to document the beautiful natural spectacle.
Wimbledon-based Paul explains: “Of all the thousands of images I have taken during sunrise and sunset around the world, 90% of them have been in two Mara Conservancies in Kenya – Olare and Mara North. The Masai Mara is well-known for having the best photographic light in the world, but these well-managed conservancies also have the best spots for sunrise and sunset and without crowds of people”. Goldstein guides photographic safaris and expeditions for Exodus and is co-owner of the number one rated Kicheche Camps in Kenya.
“Wildlife photography is like everything I do from presenting to guiding and writing, I am not interested in ‘nice’ or indeed OK, I want to elicit a strong opinion. Always.
Ethics with photography – especially with endangered species in the developing world – is massively important, when I see photos of snarling animals it makes me shudder, the ‘photo at any cost’ is a disgracefully stillborn concept as is photographers who think they are helping just by publishing images. Whether in the Mara or India it is people, local people that need to benefit otherwise they will not care about their striped, spotted or tawny neighbours. Natal clincs, schools, bore holes, teachers and now FGM plans are all projects I have raised money for (upwards of £100,000) and it will go on.
Ethics are a big deal in all facets of photography, I want to see what someone has taken not what they have manufactured. Over sharpened or saturated or cloned images prove that they are computer wizards (nerds) but also frauds. I see thousands of people’s images each year, but I would far rather see a flawed bold shot than yet another safe portrait or record shot. But it must be a true representation.” – Paul Goldstein
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