When asked if he considers himself being an artist, wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas answers:
I am equally an inventor, a naturalist, an entrepreneur, a broadcaster
Two things come in mind when watching Wills exceptional portfolio: closeness and adventure. And yes, there is a third one: the Beetle cam.
Closeness is achieved by Wills point-of-view of his pictures, and not all are done by the beetle cam creeping on the ground, being bitten by lions and wildldogs. The low angle approach to the animals is creating a very unique closeness to lions and wild dogs alike, but to penguins as well, if you see Wills Falkland Islands pictures.
There is always a sense of adventure coming with his photos, maybe that is the closeness, maybe that is the ingenuity of the beetle cam pics, but definitely the photographer itself adds a feeling of exciting wilderness to his portraits of wonderful animals. Directly per email from Zambias South Luangwa National Park, here are Wills answers to safari-photographers.com questions.
Q: What is your photo equipment, and what is the reason for Canon or Nikon?
A: I shoot Canon. I don’t think it makes much difference whether you shoot Canon or Nikon… nowadays both brands are so good that it is rarely the equipment that limits what I can do. I shoot Canon because that’s what I invested in when I started buying pro lenses about 8 years ago and I’ve never seen a compelling enough reason to go through the expense of changing brand.
Q: What are your lenses?
A: I have loads but I mainly use 16-35 2.8, 50 1.2, 70-200 2.8, 400 2.8 and 100mm 2.8 macro.
Q: What is your favorite lense, and why?
A: It depends on the situation! All of the above are my favourites
Q: What is your favorite place for wildlife photography in Africa/the rest of the world, and why?
A: Africa: Currently South Luangwa; I am spending the year here and enjoying getting to know the area and its wildlife. It is still very wild, you can go entire days without seeing another vehicle. It is also nice to see how drastically and rapidly the park changes through the seasons.
Rest of world is hard! At the moment I am enjoying Africa. Probably one of my most productive trips outside Africa was to the Falkland Islands.
Q: What is your current project you are working on?
A: As I mentioned, I am currently spending a year in Zambia, focusing on the wildlife of South Luangwa National Park.
Q: What is a dream project for you in the future?
A: That’s top secret! Basically anything that hasn’t been done much before. I like to photograph unusual species or better known creatures in unusual ways.
Q: What are your concerns for the future regarding protecting the African wildlife and national parks?
A: While national parks have plenty of problems of their own (i.e. poaching etc), my main concern is the devastation that is occurring in the unprotected areas. Pretty soon there may be very little wildlife left outside the national parks and these protected areas will become isolated islands surrounded by people. I would like to see more wildlife management areas established throughout Africa and steps taken to ensure more land is used sustainably.
Q: What do you try to achieve with your photography?
A: To inspire people to appreciate and conserve the natural wonders of our planet.
Q: Who actually buys the beetle cam and is every one of them custom built?
A: BeetleCams are bought by pro wildlife photographers and filmmakers around the world. Some are custom built but most are pretty standard – designed to take a medium sized DSLR with an armoured shell and a wireless live view feed.
Q: Do you consider yourself being an artist?
A: I suppose I am, but being an artist is only a part of it. I am equally an inventor, a naturalist, an entrepreneur, a broadcaster etc…