Date(s) - November 23, 2023
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Scott Hurd ‘A Professional Photographer in Namibia’ (View from home)
Approaching retirement, Scott walked away from his lucrative business as a motivational speaker and set up a new life in Otjiwarongo, a small town in the African bush – a totally different world – in order to work with his first love, photography and the people of his adopted country, Namibia. In this evenings talk Scott talks through his experience as a professional photographer working in Namibia.
He had expected Lodge and Hotel publicity work to be his staple, to have the occasional wedding or baby shoot, maybe to sell a few photos through his photo library, but, as one of the few photographers in the country at the time, he completely failed to anticipate the diverse and fascinating work that flooded in.
As a professional photographer in Namibia, Scott never knows what the next phone call will bring. He could be training anti-poaching units out in the bush, photographing aged freedom fighters or shooting a President. He could be camped out in the desert doing ID photos of Wild Horses, covering a big tribal wedding or working with rescued pangolins. One of his most unexpected and exciting projects has been to document the construction of a brand new gold mine, from virgin bush to the first gold bar. His knowledge of African wildlife has enabled his images to spearhead major conservation campaigns and be used in publications worldwide.
The content of Scott’s presentations is as diverse as the Namibian people, the wildlife and the land itself. He talks lovingly of a land that fast became his home. Camera technique in these very different, sometimes arduous and often extreme conditions is also covered and questions are encouraged throughout. This is an Africa that visitors can only guess at.
The Zoom link is as follows – the passcode if required is 815057