I don't want to call myself a professional wildlife photographer, because the term has expired. I don't want to call myself a publisher, because I am a professional wildlife photographer. I don't want to be only a photo trainer, or an app developer or a writer. I want to call myself an artist, but what qualifies one to become one? I don't believe I am an artist yet, but one day perhaps I would be able to create something that I am proud enough of. In the meantime I just want to enjoy what I do.
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I have been a full time wildlife photographer since 1998. I have won a few awards but that does not mean anything. I do wildlife photography because I love everything about it. I live for it, and am very fortunate to live from it.
In 2001 I started HPH Publishing, a small publishing company specializing in large format photographic coffee-table books. I started it as a way to be able to show my own photographs in the way I want to have them shown. I love printed images, and books for me is the ultimate medium to display photography. I have published more than 20 books.
I take avid wildlife photographers on photographic safaris to destinations that are excellent for photography, like Mashatu and the Okavango in Botswana, Masai Mara in Kenya, Kapama in South Africa and many more. I present specialized workshops a well, focusing on advanced black and white photography.
I founded Van den Berg Apps, through which I create mobile apps. This has been an interesting and fulfilling addition to my publishing life.
I cannot call myself a writer. But I would have liked to. Very few things are as fulfilling as sharing thoughts.