You know the imprinting?
According to Wikipedia is that form of basic learning that occurs in a period of life called critical period, when you are biologically predisposed to that type of learning.
Ok, let’s say that I’ve had at least 2 imprintings!
The first one was when as a little child I spent endless days in photographic studios where my parents were going to shoot some lingerie catalogs.
I watched admired this gentleman taking pictures, changing rolls of films and using those “futuristic gizmos” to measure light.
Not to mention the photographic models who, for me very young, were something unattainable and charming, their smile was enough to make me blush and run away. But time goes by, the work absorbs you, certain things become routine and the fascinating world fades until wham! You slam your face into something unexpected, wonderful and completely new for me: Africa!
Many years ago my wife dragged me in a photographic journey in Zambia and it was love at first sight!
Having a second imprinting in your 40s is something that I never expected.
Instead of the photographer assistant who settled the lights there were these incredible sunsets and that golden light of early dawn that in no studio you can recreate.
In place of that gentleman who was taking pictures and changing rolls I was there with my Nikon D70.
In place of the models a leopard, and when it stares at you a shiver runs down your spine, or when during a walking safari you find yourself in the middle of a herd of elephants, you make yourself smaller and smaller and you feel like a child in the presence of a king, and almost blushing with excitement that these gentle giants manage to convey.
That second imprinting is wild and disruptive, the feelings overwhelm you, becoming a drug and you’re a cooked.
This is why I decided to move to South Africa, where I currently live and where I organize tours and photo travels.
Over the years I have traveled a lot and I have joined some of the best wildlife photographers in the world.
These have taught and inspired me, I could steal them some tricks and some secrets that went to enrich my technical background. I’d be happy to share this knowledge with anyone (beginner or advanced) decides to travel with me.