Profile - Joe Knapman Photography

About me

My aim is to share the natural and beautiful world around us all. To preserve precious moments in images and share them with others. Join me, and embrace the fragile world, protect and witness the beauty from all, big and small, cute and scary. All wildlife is special, and my journey will never end. Always searching for that special moment - one thing I have learned is every moment is special, Wildlife photography brings unpredictable events that time after time surprises me. Whether it is male giraffes fighting in the Timbavati, or smallest mongoose taking on venomous snakes in Kruger or a reclusive brown hyena in Namibia, the African continent and the wider world will continue to offer me new destinations, new adventures and new wildlife.

This website is about bringing the very big world one step closer to you. Enjoy - and feel free to contact me.

jgknapman@gmail.com


Photo Credit Bobby-Jo

Photo Credit Aurora Soarez



“I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up that I was not happy.” - Ernest Hemingway

He was not wrong.

Born in the Southern England, I moved with my family to Glasgow, Scotland in 2002.

I have always been interested in travel. Not just going places, but experiencing culture, history, wildlife and people. Through my career, I have been privileged to travel the world and witnessed some amazing sights and experiences. Twenty five years of travelling to some of the most far flung places, I realised that I had no photos documenting my travels. Just passport stamps and several million air miles. In 2007 I bought my first DSLR, an entry level Olympus e410. It was a great camera - simple, it had some restrictions over more advanced systems of the time. That said it started as fascinating hobby, as I continued to travel, and photo document my experiences. From here, the photography and travel bug took hold. Never had the word - practice practice practice - been so relevant.

As my understanding of photography improved, I improved on my equipment, lenses and techniques. In 2012 I moved to the mirrorless format and now shoot exclusively with the Olympus flagship OM-D E-M1 and E-M1 MarkII bodies. The camera and photography was only one part of learning, as wildlife presents many challenges. Seasons, calls, habits, habitats and the symbiotic relationships of nature became clearer, but critical to understand the wildlife I wished to find and capture. 

Just because I shoot with Olympus, I am not going to tell you to. There are many brands - most good and each system has their advantages and disadvantages. This is a personal decision (just like Apple or Microsoft, BMW or Mercedes...you get the picture). The key point is I shoot wildlife - I like to create a moment of living in an image and share it - whether that is printed in a magazine or paper, printed to keep and enjoy or hanging on my own living room wall. 

I hope to tell the story of Africa, and wildlife in general, share some information and inspire you to enjoy, participate or reach out and purchase a print. the choice is yours.

I take a huge interest in Africa, history and wildlife, and feel privileged to be able to witness so many wonders of our world. 

This Website is a natural evolution in sharing some of my work, available to view and purchase. I hope you enjoy.

Feel free to contact me regarding any questions you have using the CONTACT ME link at the top or the footer of this page.

Image credit & copyright Jaco Beukman & Cape Town Photo Tours©

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