Artist in Focus: Nick Dale

Nick Dale

Photographer and Safari guide Nick, sold his work to magazines and papers as well as private collectors all around the world. He exhibited in numerous places and won a number of competitions while being a runner up in lots more. We caught up with him shortly after a recent trip to Tanzania.

When was the first time you realized you are a photographer? 
I wanted to be a photographer when I was 15, but my mother said I could always take it up later – so that was that for 30 years! Here’s to what might have been…

Do you have any photograph that you are particularly proud of?
I took a picture of a bear catching salmon at Brooks Falls in Alaska that won a weekly prize in the Audley Travel/Sunday Times photographic competition

A brown bear with a scar on its back is about to catch a salmon in its mouth at the top of Brooks Falls, Alaska

What do you feel the aim of your photography is?
I like to capture the beauty and power of wildlife, particularly predators such as the big cats

What question about your work do you get most often?
“What camera do you have?”

Close-up of sleepy lion staring at camera

What do you consider to be a highlight of your career so far?
Watching the bears catching salmon in Alaska

Do you have a favourite animal? Which one has surprised you most?
I used to like the cheetah, but now I prefer the tiger, having seen it in the wild in India recently.

Bengal tiger leaves water hole dripping wet

What are some of your favourite experiences as a photographer?
I like to be out taking photographs of wildlife. The most exciting moment was when a cheetah was hunting an impala in Kenya, and my driver and I were racing along at 40mph trying to keep up!

What would be some tips you would give to a beginning photographer?
Beg, borrow or steal a DSLR, take as many pictures as you can and find your niche. Once you’ve done that, you can set up a website, get business cards and sign up with a few galleries and agencies to try to sell your work.

Close-up of Grevy zebra head

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