Over two years ago The Week in Pictures was growing. It had some followers. Even the occasional comment. I think we were all a little shocked that it had gone so well.
The difficulty with starting something like TWIP is not so much the conceptualisation but rather the continuation. As it turns out it wasn’t too hard, and although the torch was carried by only a few individuals during those early years, these days rangers are clamouring for the honour of providing the Friday post for the Londolozi blog, and one usually has to wait in line before a spot opens up.
Competition is healthy. Within the sphere of the Londolozi ranging team, a hotbed of photographic competition is continually simmering, and behind each photograph is a story as well as a host of other rangers just itching to critique it.
Since the infamous TWIP #100 Video of 2013 – which we strongly recommend you watch before continuing – new faces and names have popped up on the TWIP radar, and we now boast just shy of twenty individual contributors, past and present. It hasn’t always been fun and games though, and it may distress you to learn that subterfuge, conniving behaviour and the occasional pinching of someone else’s memory card have all played their part in moulding the team into what it is today. Then again, they may not have.
Whatever the case, the images you see before you on a weekly basis, while providing amazing views of African wildlife, rarely convey what went into obtaining them. Hours under the hot African sun, the intimate exploration of Londolozi’s every nook and cranny by both ranger and tracker in order to know the best position to nail the shot, but most importantly an understanding of the animals that are viewed and photographed; learning their habits, their behaviour, their favourite pathways and the best way to observe without interfering.
I digress here, in that I’m meant to be presenting our 200th TWIP… Stop and consider that for a moment. With an average of 15 images per post, we’re looking at over 3000 images that have been brought to your computer screens or mobile devices over the last four years. Quite astounding, considering it started as a simple forum engineered by Londolozi ranger Talley Smith to showcase a few of her photos online. Hats off to you, Talley!
Much like our hundredth TWIP, we thought we’d do something to commemorate our double century, and so we went behind the scenes again in order to get a feel for how the post has evolved over the last 104 weeks. It hasn’t been straight shooting by any means, with some young whippersnappers coming in and….
I’ll let the movie tell you the rest…
Thank you to our loyal followers for your continued support. If you enjoyed this tongue-in-cheek video, please feel free to leave comments below.
And if the movie was a little quick at the end, here are a few of the photographs presented for you to peruse at your leisure.
Enjoy this Week in Pictures….
Written, Filmed and Produced by James Tyrrell
Photographs by James Tyrrell, Amy Attenborough, Don Heyneke, Simon Smit, Sean Creswell and Trevor McCall-Peat