exploring the worlds wildest places: stories. images. expeditions.
Since the age of 19, I have visited the Central African Republic five times; my shortest stay being 5 months, and my longest stay, being 9 months. Most of my time I spent scouting and forging dirt 4x4 roads across previously unexplored bush in the eastern part of the country, in the Chinko River Valley. This entire region is now officially protected and managed by African Parks, and is called CHINKO. My former coworkers now manage the park in various ways. I have selected a very small collection of my photographs taken there, to display on this website. The photos were taken during road cutting trips, and leisurely strolls near camp- but mostly, they were taken during the many backpacking treks I had the privilege of undertaking. During my time there, I have learned the local language- Sango- and speak it fluently. Learning the language and living in the bush for so long has enabled me to see the place as a resident, rather than a tourist. Some of my greatest memories in life start and end around campfires in the bush, and some of my best friends stay there- like my sidekick and wilderness tutor, Gambou- and our other companions from the village, Bakouma- Charles, Allen, Hassan, and many more. I have done my best to provide photos to illustrate the essence of that wild place.... Oh, but how can you capture the magic of a wild elephant, Lord Derbys eland, buffalo, and the other bush residents in a digital photo?