Chris Collyer

I was born in Gweru, Zimbabwe, October 1958. I am currently semi-retired and focused on Photography.

Family holidays were to places like Hwange and Matopos. This is where I developed a love for the outdoors. I have been taking photographs in some form or other since the age of 18. I dabbled briefly in video for a few years, before returning to stills photography, shortly before the inception of the digital format.

My passion is wildlife and nature photography with particular emphasis on “wildlife action.” Allied interests are camping, fishing, boating and being outdoors. My ambitions and dreams are to upgrade my photographic equipment and improve my abilities towards becoming a professional.

I love Zimbabwe because there’s no better place in the world where I can live my passion! There’s always something to photograph; just step outside. I enjoy people’s reactions to my photographs, and try in an artistic way to capture a dramatic moment/scene. In my mind’s eye I see everything as a photograph. I’m obsessed by light.

How I Got the Shot: Reflective Symmetry

My most recent visit to Mana pools with Chris and Carol Sheppard coincided with the start of the rainy season. Two day before our arrival 165 mm of rain fell in 24 hours.

Our first evening game drive terminated at Trichilia view point. It was sundowner time, so the G&T`s were guzzled quickly as the sun set and dipped behind the distant Zambian escarpment. We were amazed to see how much standing water remained, forming a large pool in front the road and near the Zambezi River.

How I Got the Shot: Baobab and Pebbles

Still Life is a photographic genre way outside of my list of fun photography, and I only came to enter a few photos in the July competition out of a need to fill two entry spots. One morning I was sitting on the veranda drinking my coffee when I noticed an ornamental baobab being beautifully lit by sunlight. It took me back to being in the bush and taking photographs of baobabs at sunrise or sunset. So I hatched a plan, there and then, to make a diorama that I could possibly enter in the MPS monthly competition.

How I Got the Shot: Maelstrom

For several years I have wanted to capture the stunning interplay and effect of water and hair when a person submerged and then the head is flicked back “violently” as they jump and clear the surface.

My grand-daughter Isabelle (9) was the perfect candidate as she has long thick hair down to the middle of her back. She also loves water and plays in our pool for hours. So on New Year’s Day I finally convinced her to let me take some photos to this end.

BEHIND THE LENS: The Ingenuity of Elephants

The elephant pushed his way under the low hanging branches of a mahogany tree, emerging a few metres from me. He paused, looking at me for a moment. Then, like a four tonne ballerina, he pirouetted ninety degrees to face the river. To my surprise and without hesitation he stepped over the edge, his front legs sliding down the cliff face.

There was no hippo chute at this point, which is the normal method elephants use to get down to the river. I could not believe my eyes.