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Sep 4

Category: Photography,Travel

Back in 2006, I had the opportunity of a lifetime to go on safari in East Africa with my family. None of us had any idea what a beautiful and magical journey lay ahead for us. It would be a voyage that would forever change us allI recently came across an old disc filled with about 500 photos on it that I shot along the way. The safari company highly advised against shooting digital, since venues to charge electronics wouldn’t be readily available… so using a 35mm Nikon S90s, and a 300mm 1:4 f4, I did my best to capture Africa as we saw itI remember getting the photos back shortly after our return to the U.S. in ’06 and being amazed at what I brought back. Nearly 4 years have passed, and although this amazing trip resonates with me daily… I had honestly forgot about these photos. This time, upon viewing the photos… I wasn’t just impressed – I nearly fell out of my office chair… dumbfounded with the very same photographsAs I browsed the trove of stunning images, a warm feeling crept up my spine… and I had what might be one of the most significant epiphanies as an artist to date. An epiphany so monumental that I might not ever have another one like itOver the past 10 years, I have been very focused on my love for video (both shooting and editing). In this focus, not only did I lose sight of my love for photography… but it also managed to slip my mind that I was even any good at it. How is that even possible?!?rnSo with this warm feeling running through my body… I felt an overwhelming validation, as a photographer, and more importantly – AS AN ARTIST. I am convinced that part of being an artist is to encompass a sense of self-doubt… that what you are creating is no good – and can always be better. While the latter is definitely true, these photos made me rethink (and dismiss) that doubt… replacing it with a sense of confidenceThis photoset has totally re-vitalized my passion for photography. A passion that has been lying dormant for FAR too long. Yet one more way that this amazing trip to East Africa has changed my life. To think that the magic we encountered there is still having dramatic effects on my life four years later is astounding. It is another testament to how amazing Africa really is.I put the rest of the photographs up on Flickr. I figured since these images had been locked away in a closet for so long… their time was overdue to be shared.They mean to me and my family something more than words can truly convey. I hope you enjoy them.

13 comments

  • Kristen

    Four years ago I made a slide show of your photos and shared them with everyone. I cannot tell you how many comments I received about the talent the photographer (you) had. The way you connected with each animal was unmatched. Dennis Pinto, CEO of Micato said it was absolutely a homerun. The travel agent said she had never seen such photos after booking tours for 20 years.

    One of my other artistic sons mentioned to me that talented filmmakers are talented photographers first because film is nothing more than connecting a series of photographs. Your recent photo postings of Blackberry Smoke showcase your talent and validate his theory.

    I believe that Africa impacts all who visit. How fortunate I am to have visited with you and continue to re-visit it because of your photos. We all will always treasure that time together. Thank you for capturing it!

  • beeoneoneoh

    Your best blog post to date. The second and last photos are particularly interesting

  • Cspearman1112

    You are truly a gifted photographer and artist, Andy. I am mesmerized by these photographs, especially the lions.
    Thank you, and never doubt again!

  • Guzzi Mutt

    amen brother
    congratulations on identifying that feeling of doubt and stomping the crap out of it. Most of us never get to that point where we can stride full bore into our creative process with the kind of confidence that keeps us motivated, head down and working toward a single goal a single vision, knowing in our hearts it will come out right.
    dont lose it!

  • http://www.iamartsy.com *MissLieze

    holy crap. These pictures are even amazinger then I saw them before. Great job baby! :D Hopefully one day soon I can take you on a trip to my Afrika! :D

  • http://www.andysapp.com/ Andy Sapp

    WOW. Thanks buddy! That really means a lot! Thank you!!!
    :D

  • http://www.andysapp.com/ Andy Sapp

    Thank you! I’m glad you liked the lions. We were almost uncomfortably close to them… so I think some of the pictures get just as close!

  • http://www.andysapp.com/ Andy Sapp

    Thanks so much! It is definitely a liberating feeling that I hope all artists can experience!

  • http://www.andysapp.com/ Andy Sapp

    Amazinger! Hahaha.
    <3

  • http://www.andysapp.com/ Andy Sapp

    I have to say thanks for experiencing it with me. Something tells me that without my loving family by my side… that these photos would not have been the same. For me… when I look through these photos, I can feel the love that was present inside that Land Rover. Such an amazing journey.

    LOVE YOU MOM!!!

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  • Whitwhat1

    Andy, these photos are truly magnificent. What an eye you have.
    Pop

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