The Old Diocesan Issue5 Mar2020 - Page 16



Wild side
Photographing wildlife
is a lesson in patience
– and determination
Photographer Freddie Child-Villiers (2008S) has
established a notable reputation as a commercial
photographer and with his intriguing and evergrowing portfolio of African tribespeople – but
in recent years, wildlife photography has become
a large part of his business. For the longest time,
he struggled; photographing a subject totally out
of his control proved to be a lesson in determination.
“The challenge – and an inherent love of the
bush – had me hook, line and sinker,” he says.
“Over time, I’ve tried to hone my understanding
of animal behaviour, as well as my technique.
I search for scenes with little distraction, so that
the character of the animal shines through. I feel
this often portrays a human element; one of love,
family and sometimes loneliness and despair.
‘Visual anthropomorphism,’ I suppose…”
This search has seen him travel all over southern
and eastern Africa, visiting 11 different national parks
and reserves in a single year. He is most often in his
old Land Rover, but admits there is something to
be said for being with a ranger in a place where
offroading is permitted.
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Prints of Freddie’s photography are available through
his website. The shots here are, clockwise from above,
Zig Zag, Generations, Pride I, Pride II and Dagga Boy.
@fcvphoto; www. fcvphotography.store

Freddie's Instagram





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