Travel Photographer Matt Considine

Welcome to my website, I hope you enjoy my photography and stories from around the world.

Using my photography I aim to capture timeless images that illuminate the diversity of cultures and people of our world. My aim is to obtain images that respect human dignity and celebrate existence.

In addition I want to raise the awareness of some of the most amazing places and wildlife that exist in the natural world. I hope that when you see my images you will be inspired to visit these places. I want to illustrate why it is worth conserving these places and the plant and animal life they support.

To achieve these aims my travel photography encompasses images of people and their cultures as well as images of wildlife and landscape photography.

Travel & Culture

Africa Never Sleeps

You probably think you know what Africa will be like from television, but the real thing is a far richer experience than you might imagine. There are a lot of animals and creatures that are rarely seen on wildlife programs and they often interact in surprising ways. For example the gazelles follow the monkeys because the monkeys make good lookouts. In some places a lot of different animals gather together, so you see a sort of garden of eden effect with baboons, elephants, zebras, giraffe, gazelles and other antelopes all keeping watch for predators at different levels.

Herd of African elephants walking single file through grassland savannah as they follow a matriarch along old paths to the next water hole, Kenya, Africa (photo by Wildlife Photographer Matt Considine)The enjoyment of your safari depends a lot on your guide. I was very lucky to have excellent guides in Jackson and Richard.   Firstly, Jackson at Ol Donyo was outstanding, very affable and obviously enjoyed tracking and imparting some of his tracking techniques. The image of the cheetah hunting in the early morning light (see below) is one of my favorites captured with Jackson. The safari experience seems to tap into the human hunting instinct to track animals, except that the aim now is to get a good photo. It is exciting to track a big lion by examining the freshness of its paw prints. Tracking is like solving a puzzle where many factors like terrain, water sources and behavior come into play. For example you can see a story develop when you see the lion prints over the top of fresh zebra prints.

Head portrait of Tawny Eagle in profile against the blue sky in the Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya, Africa (photo by Wildlife Photographer Matt Considine)Richard is the manager at Mara Plains but also acted as a guide for a few days, and on one of those days we saw 29 different cats, which must be some sort of record. On another day Richard heard some warning calls of monkeys high in the trees. He recognized that the calls were for a leopard so using the binoculars could see the monkeys looking in the same direction, presumably at a leopard. Richard got us closer to where he guessed the leopard might be, but we still couldn’t find it. Then Richard spotted a bird in a tree looking at us and then down at angle, so we looked at where the bird was looking, and suddenly the leopard appeared in full sunlight and looked straight at us. The leopard seemed almost embarrassed to have been spotted (so to speak) and disappeared just as quickly into the trees along the river before I could capture an image of it. Strangely enough, this leopard and the story of finding it will be something I will never forget.

Africa is an amazing immersive experience it is not just seeing the wildlife but at night you can clearly hear thousands of different animals. The sounds of Africa seem to create a type of rhythm and melody that is reflected in the continuously evolving and improvised singing of the Masai women’s welcome song to visitors. Kenya is indeed a welcoming country, easy to get around and a place that once you visit you will want to return many times. A safari is an unforgettable experience, so my advice is to go sooner rather than later, that way you can savior the memories for years and leave time for future visits.

Click on this link to see the full Kenya – Africa Gallery (by Travel & Wildlife Photographer Matt Considine)

  • Natasha

    Africa is a nice place to take photograph. specifically photograph of wild animals although its very dangerous but when your done taking pictures its too hard to imagine what it feels like.
    all i can say is very inspiring! good job

    • Matt Considine

      Africa is a great place for photography.
      If you are reasonably careful I don’t think it is as dangerous as you might think, though it is exciting.

      Africa has certainly made a big impression on me. Since visiting I would say I think about Africa most days, I think about how wonderful these creatures are and how well designed by evolution they are for their environment. I was also surprised how complex and intelligent some of them are. I think about our human origins and perhaps our hardwired memories of that time. I worry about the reduction in habitat and the pressures on these wild animals and whether they will survive in the wild in the long term. I feel sadness and anger when I hear of animals being killed to service the trade in animal products.

      Anyone interested in the world or travel, should if able, visit Africa at least once, it will change the way you think about things. If you cannot visit Africa in person then I hope my images can convey some of the wonder of this place. It is good just knowing that these wild places still exist.