In my younger days I trained as an ecologist and the worked for about 15 years in conservation before moving on to other things. I undertook an MPhil looking at bird strikes with aircraft which gives you a very different perspective on air travel, I can tell you. I’m also qualified as a tracker through a number of different avenues.
My photography started when I was about 9 years old with a Kodak box brownie (which I still own). From then on I flirted with photography for many years; all film in those days. In my teens I was inspired by photos of wildlife and very passionate about nature and animals but I couldn’t afford big lenses or amazing cameras so that dream went on hold for a very long time.
I pretty well always had a camera and went digital with a Canon EOS 300D but it still wasn’t very serious. That all changed in 2012 when I got a 5D MkII and started taking landscapes. That was the start of the slippery slope of gear and lens acquisition that has cost a small fortune but led to being able to take the kind of wildlife imagery that I have always wanted to be able to take.
The rest as they say is history!