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The Last Animals

The Slaughter Of Elephants and Rhinos


Over the past two years, the slaughter of African elephants and rhinoceros has skyrocketed to supply international markets with their tusks and horns. Ivory has been dubbed the white gold of jihad and rhino horn now has a higher market value than cocaine and gold. With the expansion of radical Islamist and independent militias in Africa, along with criminal syndicates, the daring groups carrying out these bloody “harvests” are killing these animals at unprecedented rates.

Please help my friend and colleague Kate Brooks with this project, so she can finish her film and raise awareness, in a hope to save these magnificent creatures. Head on over to her Kickstarter page and make your donation, no matter how small.

Please share this post and help Kate reach her goal. Thank you.

Help Me Find My First Camera

Appeal – Help Me Find My Nikon EM

My very first camera was a 110 cartridge Fuji compact. Back in 1986 though I saved up enough money to buy my very first SLR, a Nikon EM with a Nikon E-Series 50mm f1.8 lens (thanks to my friend Vahe for helping me with the choice and steering me away from buying a Zenith!).

When at my first local paper as a staffer, the Harrow Observer, we would have work experience placements from the local schools and we had a young lady, with blonde hair (I think) who was very enthusiastic about photography but didn’t have a camera. At the time I thought nothing of it and offered her my Nikon EM kit, a Tamron 70-200mm and I think a Nikon flash at a very cheap price.

Now as time has gone on, for the last few years I’ve come to regret this! I’d dearly want my first SLR back! Not one like it, but the one! It’s part of my personal history and now means a lot to me.

So, if it was you, or if anyone knows anyone who did work experience at the Harrow and Wembley Observer (Harrow, Middlesex) in the early 1990s and bought a Nikon EM from me, please ask them to get in touch!! I would so love this camera back (thankfully I still have my first professional SLR which was the original Canon F1).

A Big, Huge Thanks!

Over a week ago, I had the majority of my Leica equipment trashed by a negligent security guard who just allowed the bag they were in to fall off the end of the conveyor, turn upside down mid air and finally fall to the floor by his feet, after he had X-Rayed it. I need to add that under instructions, I was at the other end of the machine still putting on camera bags and other belongings into the machine as this happened.

The aim of my post isn’t about this though. After I Tweeted what had happened, I was overwhelmed and so touched by the number of people who offered up Leica cameras and lenses to help me out and to allow me to carry on working. I couldn’t possibly take any of you up on your extremely kind offers, but I just wanted each and every one of you to know how touched and appreciative I am. From the bottom of my heart, thank you all.