Jacqueline Conciatore

How one prominent nature photographer found himself a wildlife conservationist

AWF | October 24th, 2018 | Visit the original article online

Nature photographer Billy Dodson, who has been donating images to African Wildlife Foundation for years, has compiled his stunning wildlife and landscape images into a new book. From Desert to Desert: A Journey Through the Heart of Southern Africa is a personal memoir and photographic study of six distinct countries and regions in sub-Saharan Africa: Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Zambezi River Valley, and Namibia. AWF sincerely appreciates that Billy is donating proceeds from the sale of the book to support our work. Read AWF’s Q&A with Dodson.

Your book is gorgeous and beautifully written. Why was this the right time for you to publish a book? First of all, thank you for the kind words about the book. I absolutely poured my heart into it and it is good to know that the book is appreciated.

The timing of it was driven by the realization that I had visited every region and almost every reserve in Africa that I had ever expected to see. My photos numbered in the hundreds of thousands and my brain was full of stirring and poignant memories. It seemed a shame to allow all that to wither and atrophy on my hard drive and in my head. A book seemed to be the logical way to bring it all together and benefit AWF at the same time.