Interview • Anup Shah

Born in Kenya, award-winning wildlife photographer Anup Shah revisited his roots for his latest book, The Mara, an account of daily life in Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve. WPM chats to the photographer about how he works to capture the authentic personalities of wild animals...

It sounds like a wildlife photographer’s dream, growing up in Kenya. Talk about a way to gain an interest in wildlife. What was it like growing up there?
At that time and place there was lots and lots of space, very few people, more animals and open plains. You could drive around and not see another human being. It was magical.

When did you first pick up a camera?
I wasn’t very young. I guess it was in my late teens.

What sparked your interest in wildlife photography?
The animals. The encounters in open spaces, that was the urge.

What kind of a connection have you developed with the place and the wildlife there over the years?
Because I’ve done a lot of photography in East Africa, you get to know the place. Once you know the place and you a feel for it, the connection begins. I tend to follow a pride of lions or a cheetah family for long periods of time. That of course enables you to get to know your particular subject...

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