In the past couple of years since I have discovered the majestical wide open spaces and beauty of the kalahari desert and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, which defies the boundaries of South Africa and Botswana, we regularly came across South African wildlife photographer Hannes Lochner.I briefly met Hannes during May 2011, when we assisted him and his companion to take a message across to Tweerivieren rest camp, after their vehicle broke down in the dry Auob riverbed. Hopefully one day I will be able to share a cold one with Hannes next to a campfire in the same kalahari desert.
Over the past two years, or 750 days to be exact, and by travelling more than 100 000 km in the kalahari desert, Hannes had been busy with a special project capturing the life of a single leopard, Luna, and her struggle to raise cubs in that extremely harsh environment.
The book “THE DARK SIDE OF THE KALAHARI”, will be launched soon and promises to be an exciting and touching pictorial journey.
Why do I share this with you? Well it is simple – As wildlife photographers we always need that inspiration to get out there, regardless of how difficult it might be or how harsh the environment is, as the best images almost never come easy! This book, like Hannes’ previous book, Colours of the Kalahari, will once again just prove that.
Have a look at the promotional video below and you can also visit Hannes Lochner’s website.