My time in Ghana was short but full. I saw a lot of the country in a week and after the story came out which can be seen here in Condé Nast Traveler tear sheets, I still think about the trip. I think about standing in the savannah with gazelle’s and bush bucks running past. The lonely elephant spending mornings near the watering hole at Mole National Park. Meeting with the Paramount Chief in Wa in the North Western part of the country, bearing gifts for permission to photograph him and his elders. The roads which were smooth and endless when paved and bumpy and back breaking when dirt and sand. And some of the people who at first seemed shy and fearful of cameras who in the end often let out enormous smiles, a contrast to what their life appeared to be.
There comes a time in almost every shoot when you wonder, should I really be doing this? On the edge of a cliff or standing in the middle of the street to get a shot. This was slightly different. For this shoot for UK Traveller it was when I asked the owner of Quirpon Lighthouse Inn if it would be ok if I took their 8 foot inflatable out to follow along as the whales made their round in the cove below the lighthouse. As we made our way walking the boat into the water from the rocky shore I could see one of the whales surface and it looked much larger than up on higher ground. In the dinghy I raced towards the whales, one hand on a camera and the other holding onto the small outboard revving it at full speed and trying to make it plane to catch up with the whales. It was one of the most incredible experiences I’ve had shooting. The whales were surfacing almost directly next to the boat and we spent the next few hours surrounded by them off this tiny island off the northern tip of Newfoundland.
Some more images from Newfoundland