Kariba Dam (Bird's Eye View), 2015, Edition 7. Located on the Zambezi river between Zambia and Zimbabwe, and Inspiration for my "The Smoke that Thunders", Exhibition, when I rented a 4x4 truck and tent, and decided to go it alone in the African Bush. The Idea for this trip was simple enough…
Step One: Fly to Lusaka, Zambia to pick up a specially modified, 4×4 truck at the airport from a guy nicknamed “Snake”. Step Two: Ride off into the African “Bush” with dreams of hunting “The Big 5” game with a camera while savoring my self-guided safari as the inspiration for my next series of art work.
Leaving South Africa, I felt confident, after having spent a couple relaxing weeks studying up on the trip and learning about the hazards of off-road driving. skills like maneuvering through deep, heavy sand, dealing with giant elephants charging at your truck, and sleeping in a tent while lions and hippos roam free beside you. However, standing there in the airport parking lot as rain started to pour down, I began to question myself as Mr. Snake causally explained the details of this specially modified, safari monster. As the storm intensified, I pulled out of the parking lot heading north, with my clothes soaking wet and my head buzzing with anticipation. My itinerary was completely open aside from the borders of the four countries I was cleared to take the vehicle into: Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe & Namibia. Now all I needed to do was find a place to rest my tent for the night.
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