The photography bug really has taken hold of everyone here at Londolozi. Here we feature something a little bit different from pictures taken by our talented guiding team. Instead we show off some of the work taken by our newest up and coming photographer…one of our most talented trackers Jerry Hambana.
Jerry was very kindly given a camera and has taken it upon himself to begin learning how to master the numerous intricacies of photography. During the day one can often find him approaching the rangers quizzing them about ISO, white balance, aperture and how to improve his composition. Alternatively he will be sitting outside his house polishing his shoes, reading numerous field guides or brushing up on the soccer news.
As his teammate Tom Imrie has said time and time again, Jerry is the most wonderful, kind and well natured man in the world!
“I’ve written before about Jerry’s specialness as a person and I frequently introduce him to guests as the nicest person on the planet. Spending as much time as I do with Jerry is a privilege and I’ve subconsciously added him to my shrinking list of close friends.” – Tom Imrie
Together Tom and Jerry have formed one of the most potent and entertaining guiding teams in Africa.
It is wonderful to view some moments through the eyes of one of Londolozi’s trackers. Scenes from both out in the bush and back home in the community. It comes as a breathe of fresh air to watch a man from a completely different background embrace his newly found passion for photography and want to learn more. I feel especially lucky to be able to view a couple of portraits taken by Jerry of his family…to just briefly be allowed to step into the life of another.
To spend time in the bush learning from Jerry is a privilege and one that I leap at, at any opportunity. It is something I am incredibly thankful for. When he approached me the other day asking me to help him in storing and backing up his collection of photographs I was more then ready to teach him and help him about how to copy and paste, moves files and burn dvds…it is the least I can do for a man who has been through so much and is still eager to give so much of himself to any who is willing to listen.
Photography by Jerry Hambana
Written by Adam Bannister