My parents settled in Tanzania in the early '80s and I had the incredible privilege of growing up with the Serengeti on my doorstep. In 1984, my family founded Wildlife Explorer, a company specialising in tented safaris into the wilderness of big game country and cultural journeys into the heart and soul of Africa. I continue to work alongside my father, Gary Strand, and Wildlife Explorer at the same time as launching Bold Earth. My aim is to create a collaboration between my love of wildlife/nature and all things wellness, resulting in a unique approach to adventure travel and a holistic approach to environmental sustainability.
I believe that in order to help our planet we must find a way to reconnect with ourselves within nature. For at the end of the day, no matter who you are or where you live, the urban world cannot exist without the natural one.
I have worked in Africa teaching sustainable agriculture techniques to small scale farmers, lived with the chimpanzees on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, studied Yoga in the rainforest of Costa Rica and led expeditions into some of the most untouched wilderness areas that exist. I always want to avoid the masses and strongly believe that exclusivity in nature is the last true luxury.
Following a passion to explore the untamed places of our planet, and to understand the wild creatures that exist therein – I have dedicated my life to exploring and conserving the natural world. My doctoral research examined the role of marine protected areas concerning the conservation of a variety of shark species, and his life follows the motto that after you have seen the things around you, the next step is always to go a little further.
In my travels I have tracked Tigers in the Sumatran Jungle, Anthrax on the Etosha plain, contributed to ground breaking work with Dwarf Minke Whales on the Great Barrier Reef, and uncovered Horned Vipers in the Middle East.
I believe travel is university for the soul. It gives you so much more than photos. Those moments, away from emails, facebook, twitter and the constant stream of information, are precious – finding them is the ultimate prize. Travel is my opportunity to be present, to give one thing my full attention. At a certain point you just have to put the camera down, take a deep breath and just go with it.
My passion for photography was kindled working with award winning documentary teams, including the BBC, National Geographic, and the Discovery Channel, which had me up close and personal with some of the world’s most menacing creatures. In short, if it bites, stings, crawls or swims – I have probably pointed a lens at it.