Interview: Donal Boyd

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Donal Boyd is an American wildlife conservationist and photographer currently based in Southern Africa. His intimate portraits of the world's most threatened wildlife establish a sense of closeness, familiarity, and emotional connection between viewers and the subjects he depicts. Donal’s highly aesthetic imagery is accomplished through distilling the most visually punctual elements of wildlife through post-processing techniques that push the boundaries of traditional wildlife portraiture.

American wildlife photographer, conservationist and visual artist Donal Boyd shares his route into wildlife photography and his extraordinary time exploring the wilds of the Erindi Private Game Reserve in Namibia with his camera.

How did your journey into photography - particularly the wildlife side - begin for you?
Photography, for me, began when I was really young. I spent a lot of time out in nature and grew up just outside of Boston, Massachusetts, in the United States. There were forests nearby and I would always come back from being in the woods after disappearing as a little kid for hours and my mom would ask me, “What did you see?”. I would try to describe it and had a tough time communicating. I couldn’t really explain it in words, but I discovered art – drawing and painting – basically any kind of visual tool that I could muster to explain what I saw. I would focus on these really strange small details and would feel a special attraction towards animals. I was very curious about them...


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Lorna Dockerill

Editor, freelance journalist & writer, covering all things underwater and nature photography

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