There is only a few wildlife photographers out there, who combine great artistry and some down to earth feeling just like Gorazd Golob is doing that. Seeing his pictures, and wanting to pack your stuff being directly in direction to somewhere outdoors, is one thing.What I like about his pictures is this feelng of being outdoors and close to nature. This guy really likes the animals, and he close to them, literally and emotionally. Gorazd Golob sees the beauty in nature, and that is why you can find in his gallery pictures from ants to elefants.
Especially his b+w pictures are great art, and real showcases for everyone of us, to discover what can be achieved without HDR, popart-like color saturation and fancy filters and who knows what: simple black and white, and a stark motive in the picture, thats it. This year Gorazd won the International Photography Award in the category “Wildlife“. But read Gorazd answers to my questions, and check out where he is going to be on tour in the African bush, and than just pack your bag, grab your gear, and off you go…
Gorazd Golob hat bei den diesjährigen International Photographers Awards in der Kategorie Naturfotografie mit dem sehr ausdrucksstarken Motiv eines Flusspferdes gewonnen – ein Foto in schwarz-weiss! Aber diesen grossartigen Naturfotografen auf seine kunstvollen Schwarz-weiss Kompositionen zu reduzieren, hiesse, die andere Hälfte des Künstlers und Outdoorburschen Gorazd zu negieren. Denn in seinen Farbfotos zeigt sich seine Nähe und seine Liebe zur Natur, und für ihn ist das Foto einer Ameise genauso wichtig wie das Foto eines Elefanten – schaut euch auf seiner Homepage die Gallerie an, ihr werdet verstehen. Und klar, Gorazd organisiert Fototouren in den afrikanischen Busch, aber auch nach Helgoland, und da möchte man dabei sein! Denn die Reisen versprechen genauso authentisch zu sein wie der Mann selbst und seine Fotos. Lest seine grossartigen Antworten und Einsichten im folgenden Interview.
Here are Gorazd answers to my questions:
Q. What is your photo equipment, and what is the reason for Canon or Nikon? I saw on your website that you are kind of exotic user of Panasonic and Olympus cameras?!
A: My most used equipment is Nikon for wildlife and landscape and Panasonic GH2 for video and also wide-angle shots on tours, when I use Nikon D700 and D300 bodies with telephoto lenses
I choose Nikon 30 years ago, build a system and stick with it. After that time you know your equipment and you should stay with something you are familiar (if it is not puling you back, of course).
Panasonic and m4/3 system I started to use because of the size and video. But for wildlife I still use Nikon.
Q. What are your lenses?
I use many lenses from wide to tele but mostly AFS 500mm f/4 and 70-200mm f/2,8 AFS lenses for wildlife, 14-24 Nikon for wide-angle scenes, fixed focal lenses 50mm 1,4; 28mm 2,0 Zeiss; macro Tamron 90mm and many other for specific purposes. For m4/3 I use mostly Panasonic 14mm f/2,5 and Olympus 45mm f/1,8 with additional 14-140mm lens for video (but I also use Nikon lenses for video with converter)
Q.What is your favorite lense, and why?
All are best for some project but mostly used are 500mm and 70-200mm Nikon lenses and 45mm Olympus lens for m4/3
Q. What is your favorite place for wildlife photography in Africa/the rest of the world, and why?
I visited over 60 countries on 4 continents and I am still looking for the country/place that I will not like. You should look for the beauty when travel, not for bad things.
But yes I have my favorites and they are in Africa – south of Africa. For wildlife I am looking for remote places, for really wild animals, for safe places and my preferences are Zambia, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana. For best photo sights are South Africa and Botswana, for remoteness and great wildlife is Zambia, for special landscapes and wilderness is Namibia. But I do a lot of photography also in Europe, South and North America and starting in Asia (India).
Q. What is your current project you are working on?
I just come back from Zambia; I had two tours in August, wildlife in Kafue Park and Victoria falls with short visit to Chobe in Botswana. Now I am planning tours for next year and it will be Africa most of the time. I am also planning some exhibitions of my b&w wildlife.
Q. What is a dream project for you in the future?
To get a job in some African park as a photographer and photo tutor or to work only as a photo tour leader in remote places (which I am doing already for quite some time in the year)
Q. What are your concerns for the future regarding protecting the African wildlife and national parks?
It seems that all is well organized but when you visit them few times, you see how many problems they have. Most obvious for me are two: poaching and industry (mining, oil, natural gas,…), which wants to use natural resources in the areas of parks. Finding out that over 150 rhinos were killed just in Kruger Park in THIS year only, makes you feel bad. I can understand poor people to kill for food but not organized crime for rich customers and just to use horns (they are so dumb they don’t know that they can eat their nails with same results). And same is with companies coming to exploit natural resources and destroy Nature, just for the purpose of FEW rich people, to get even richer…
As always, I hope for common sense (I know that I am idealist…)
Q. What do you try to achieve with your photography?
I use Nature as art objects. I don’t want to just capture the moment in time; I want it to be special, in terms of light, pose, animal, and scenery… Yes I do portraits and action shots but I like to present most of my photos in b&w, in special light, photos showing animals in their environment … I don’t look just for BIG FIVE, for me even a rat or ant can be a model and beautiful art object. And I want to show remote places and wildlife in best possible light and presentation.
And I want to tease other photographers to join me on my tours
Q. Do you consider yourself being an artist?
We are all artists and we have our own way of seeing art. Yes I consider myself an artist (I won IPA wildlife pro section this year, so some others may also think so , hoping that there are more of them who think the same (then those who think I am not J).
I want to express my feelings about nature and my view of nature through my photos, mostly b&w.
Recent portraits of wildlife photographers: use the category “wildlife photographers”
Gorazd in action in Namibia