Chris was born on Merseyside, England UK, during the height of "Beatlemania" in the 1960's .... perhaps a sign early on the role that invertebrates would take in his life in much later years!!
His formative years saw him grow to love wild places, to explore and discover a love for adventure that continues to this day. Photography was a natural extension of his love for nature and of capturing the unique mesmerising effect that wildlife and nature in general continues to hold for him.
As an accomplished mountaineer and skier, Chris led and participated in expeditions across the globe, particularly throughout the Himalaya regions, Europe, North America and Alaska. His photographic work during that period focused on capturing the extraordinary beauty of many of the more remote and forgotten places on the planet and the cultures who inhabit them. As the commercialisation of adventure travel gained momentum, he used his writing and photographs in many UK publications to highlight the effect that this was having on a way of life for indigenous culture that had existed for thousands of years and was now in the process of dramatic and irreversible change.
Following an expedition in 1993 to East Africa, specifically to climb and explore in the Mount Kenya region, Chris experienced Africa for the first time; its fascinating cultures, and in particular the wild nature of its flora and fauna. The wildness of it's landscape, it's pale unrivalled paleanthropological significance as the birthplace of humankind, and not least the vast beauty of deep blue African skies contrasting with the burnt red earth. It "captured his soul" and opened his eyes to a continent that offered a lifetime of photographic and conservation opportunity. In the intervening years he has visited Southern Africa regularly and built an image library that extends from the coastal ecosystem of the Cape to the dry arid landscapes of the Kalahari desert.
"If my photography were to have any real purpose in life it would be this: to capture rarely viewed scenes and environments and present them in a way that will inspire people to explore the subject more; to ask questions of me and themselves. For nearly all of my life I have been privileged to travel and explore some of the most remote and beautiful corners of the earth. Whether I was camping in an alpine wild flower meadow, controlling fear on a high mountain wall, or drifting on the Nile as the sun set over the desert sands, all of these experiences inspired me to understand more about the beauty and the fragility of the world around us. These days, my photography sets out to capture the stark and often brutal wilderness that is still typical of Africa, and the beauty of its creatures, large and small, that despite the often destructive nature of the human species, continue to thrive on the continent. Africa is a timeless landscape with unrivaled opportunity for a wildlife photographer to hone his art. It possesses a ruggedness and romance that for any wildlife photographer will always be a challenge to capture in his own unique way.
Chris is a qualified Field Guide, registered with the Field Guides of Southern Africa (FGASA) and has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS) in the UK. He is currently a member of the African Nature Training guiding team, helping students to better both their wildlife photography and that of their future clients. He also offers guided wildlife photographic safaris and workshops for photographers of all abilities who want more than a standard "safari experience"; an opportunity to extend their photographic creativity and capture wildlife images which tell a story about their unique interaction with the natural world. Chris is based both in Johannesburg, (South Africa) and in North Yorkshire (UK).
"Africa is a timeless landscape with unrivaled opportunity for a wildlife photographer to hone his art. It possesses a ruggedness and romance that for any wildlife photographer will always be a challenge to capture in his own unique way"
Chris Martin, 2011
For more information on Chris Martin, please visit his website: www.chrismartin.co.za