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.
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.

Freddie's Instagram

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