Gregg Robinson’s long awaited book, simply entitled “Mana” is on sale this week. I had the exceptional good fortune to witness the first consignment being opened, and be one of the first lucky readers of what is an outstanding book. “Mana” has been two years in the making, patience clearly paying off with photographs that simply encapsulate Mana Pools and the unique beauty within.
More on Gregg : By Dick Pitman, Author and Conservationist
“Unlike myself, Gregg Robinson had the good fortune to be born and raised in Zimbabwe, instead of spending half his early life in the grey and dismal environs of London. He put the time thus gained to exceptionally good use.
As with so many wildlife people, it was a outdoor upbringing that developed his love for the flora, fauna and ambience of the African bush. An early career in wildlife guiding on the Zambezi and in Hwange, combined with graduation from the UNISA School of Business, equipped him with an impressive set of mental and physical tools – if the right outlet could be found for them. But it was his eye for colour, detail, and – vitally important – artistic flair that led him into photography.
Gregg refers to the bush as his ‘back yard’, and draws on his talents to capture its almost mystical appeal via the medium of the camera lens. He has the ability – another essential characteristic – not only to ‘see’ a picture, but to apply the technical knowledge necessary to translate it into a striking image.
His work with sepia and monochrome images point to a certain nostalgia for bygone days that strikes a sympathetic chord with many bush-lovers such as myself, who long for the freedom to roam unfettered and take command of one’s own destiny. Such freedoms are often sadly absent in today’s circumstances.
Gregg founded Savannah Studios in order to capitalize on these talents, and has been highly successful in marketing them to a wide range of clients. However – as with so many of us involved in similar fields – he has come to feel the need to put something back into those things that have given him so much. Hence the foundation of the Savannah Conservation Trust, through which his photographic talents can contribute to the survival of African wildlife and wilderness.
As a conservationist first and an enthusiastic – but amateur – wilderness photographer second, I deeply admire the mastery of the film and digital photographic media that Gregg has so obviously acquired. Finally – and also as a fellow-conservationist – I unreservedly applaud Gregg’s decision to devote his time and energies to saving our priceless wilderness and wildlife. People like him are desperately needed – and in short supply.”
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