Nigel Dennis Quotes (25 Quotes)


    A large wildlife book, start to finish, could take one to two years, but then I would expect to get several good (nature) magazine features off the back of this, plus of course a lot of stock.

    For sure, all over Poland, kids had my picture of a lemur on their bedroom wall - but the chances are they may never get to see a real lemur in Madagascar. I thought this was great and it really meant a lot to me.

    The Kalahari is brilliant - and easy to visit.

    Photography started as a means of getting reference material for my paintings of nature subjects.

    I also like flyfishing - maybe I would have figured a way to make a living out of that?


    Big game photography in Africa is mainly done from a vehicle, so then I feel I might as well take the lot.

    These got me into a good UK stock agency - I am still with this same agency now, and they continue to sell the odd badger image taken 19 years ago

    So about twenty years ago I gave up on painting - and got into terrible debt after buying a load of camera gear!

    Currently I am working on another three books, doing a lot of magazine work, am shooting for fifteen stock agencies, plus my own photo library - all this keeps me quite busy!

    Even for an area I know well, I prepare a shooting list of subjects I need.

    I very quickly discovered photography suited me better - somehow I could get things to work on film, that simply did not look right canvas or paper.

    In The States I would have no edge, no advantage at all.

    I also had a tremendous passion for art and read a lot.

    I hope to goodness I would not still be working in the corporate world - the money is OK but it is no life at all.

    I should point out that I have not worked for National Geographic on assignment - they have merely used my stock agency pics from time to time.

    My first serious project was photographing badgers - very, very difficult as they are shy and nocturnal.

    Rather ordinary really - I grew up in the UK, was terribly bored at school (and I have to admit rather rebellious, but this was the late sixties), but got as far as passing A levels..

    I think few wives would have encouraged this kind of drastic and reckless career shift!

    I concentrate on the southern African subcontinent.

    I carry a notebook full of sketches of pictures I want to take - they are really scruffy sketches, but at least I am going out there with a clear objective.

    All I really wanted to do was wildlife photography.

    I tried to paint myself - but was really not much good at it, and fortunately was never stupid enough to try to turn it into a career

    One thing you learn fast, when working freelance, is that lots of things do not pan out - projects get canned, clients don't pay, and so on.

    For the first few years we lived in a tiny rented cottage at the bottom of a friend's garden. We often joked that there was plenty of film in the fridge, but not too much food!

    I would never dream, for example, of going to The States to photograph your wildlife.


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