DAVID JOHNSON has a focus: the impacts of human population and consumption growth. “It’s the growing number of us humans and the amount we consume which is the greatest threat to maintaining healthy ecosystems. You can worry about climate change mitigation, but when there are twice as many of us, can those mitigation measures be effective? For marginalised rural communities the situation can be worse, they often rely on healthy ecosystems for food, water, medicines, fuel and livelihoods” he says. With the population of Africa expected to double by 2050, David believes a new approach to conservation is needed. In partnership with the Endangered Wildlife Trust and NGOs specialising in voluntary family planning, women’s rights, early childhood development and job creation, David is seeking funding for a new style of integrated programme, which will lead to greater community and environmental benefits than had those organisations acted alone. David visited the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park to write DEEPEST DARKEST AFRICA in which he expounds on the local community and the extraordinary steps they are taking to preserve that particular ecosystem. You can read more of his work on his website and follow him on Twitter: @DavidJohnsonSA
HANNES LOCHNER is a Cape Town born photographer who has become synonymous with the Kalahari, having spent 5 years photographing the bounteous wildlife of this arid region. Before becoming a full time wildlife photographer, Hannes was a graphic designer and travelled the world kayaking her rivers intensely. It was on returning to South Africa that he started his own rafting company, acting as a field guide on the Orange and Kunene Rivers. But his love for the fauna of Africa triumphed and you can read more about his subsequent work in the Kalahari in PHOTOGRAPHING LIFE IN THE DESERT. His selection of images from his latest publication can be viewed in THE DARK SIDE OF THE KALAHARI.
You can view more of Hannes’ work on his website.
MAX BASTARD is a social documentary and travel photographer based in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. His career of over 20 years trying to perfect focus has spanned commercial, editorial, corporate, fashion, landscape and travel and has taken on many a grand adventure. Max now concentrates almost exclusively on Social Documentary and Travel photography, to a large degree working with local and International NGO’s and corporates to assist them in creating visual narratives around the social work they do. His images of the people of the Kalahari can be seen in DEEPEST DARKEST AFRICA. You can also see more of Max’s work on his website.