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I am an avid adventurer, conservationist, teacher, and outdoor photographer whose photography celebrates the African landscape and its rich wildlife, people, and culture. My photographic safaris allow my travelers to not only enhance their understanding of photography, lighting, and wildlife, but to develop a life-long admiration for Africa ‘s beauty and culture.

Banana Republic recently used my photographs as the cornerstone of their Urban Safari campaign, and my images were seen in all 750 stores around the globe, as well as in their billboards, catalogs and annual report. I was also the winner of the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year in the ‘Wild Places’ category in 2008 and a highly commended in the ‘Creative Visions of Nature’ category in 2007.

I launched Gura Gear in 2008, in an attempt to deliver lightweight camera bags to the market. I was looking for a lightweight camera bag to hold all of my photographic gear, and there was nothing desirable on the market that suited my needs. After spending 2 years with many prototypes, the Gura Gear Kiboko bag was born. More products are now available on the Gura Gear web site.




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Beating Around The Bush, A Found Book From My Grandfather

My mother passed away almost five years ago, and after her funeral service we were going through her belongings in my parents’ home. In that process I found some really interesting things, and at the top of the list were my grandfather’s photographic equipment and books. My cousin had sent these things to my mother before she passed away, but for some reason I never received them. Since I didn’t have much time to do more than sort, pack up and throw out different items, I brought back these goodies and put them in my closet. They sat in my closet until recently, and one specific book caught my eye that required further investigation.

Beating Around The Bush by Clara Lee Brown was the book, and it decribed an extended safari that she had taken with her husband. I opened the book and quickly noticed that my grandfather had highlighted some passages throughout the book. These highlighted passages were obviously a way for him to help in planning a safari that he wanted to take, but never did. This is very poignant for me, as I guide photographic safaris to the same exact locations that he highlighted. My grandfather passed away in the early 1970’s and I didn’t have a chance to know him very well, and through this book I have a connection with him that I cherish. Call this book a baton, of sorts. A continuation of a passion for photography and for travel. I know that he was a Leica man, and I wish that I could have found his collection of rangefinder cameras that he once owned. Nobody in the family can figure out where they went, but at least I was able to possess his Weston light meter. How cool is that? To me it is extremely cool. This latent gift is my best Christmas gift for 2014, as it reminds me of how important family is, whether alive or deceased. And it reminds me to always seek out new experiences and destinations with a camera in my hand.

Pawpaw, I don’t remember you very much, but you have enriched my life more than you will ever know.





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Reader Comments (4)

Andy, this is a fantastic story! What a find, what a connection. Gotta believe in fate, if nothing else. All the best to you and yours this Christmas!

December 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAndy Williams

Andy, Our parents generation had great dreams. Some were lucky enough to travel to the places of those dreams. Others never made it, but those dreams were past on through the generations. It's always great to hear stories of dreams and those that eventually fulfilled those dreams ... either by fate or intentionally.

My parents clearly had wanderlust, but first had to feed and educate four kids. They did extensive international travel in their later years, but I know my Dad always wanted to visit Africa and the Galapagos Islands. He never made those trips. I've made the Africa trip for him, but owe one more.

A great story. To you, Leslie and your boys, have a great holiday season.

December 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBuddy Eleazer

We live in a truly golden age in which it is possible to travel with comparative ease to amazing places with amazing wildlife. Fifty years ago the wildlife was there but accessible by only a very select few. In fifty years time who knows what will be left and how easy it will be to experience.

December 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCliff Garratt

Kendall sent this to me knowing I would delight in it. I remember how Betty adored her father and the connection described here is precious.

December 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSherryl

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