WILLIAM FORTESCUE

ARTIST PROFILE

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WILLIAM FORTESCUE

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Bio

Talented wildlife photographer William Fortescue is driven by his passionate desire to depict wild animals in their natural environment, undisturbed by human interference.

Upon leaving school he went to work in the Masai Mara, one of Africa’s most popular game reserves, as an intern for Governors’ Camp Collection. Here William learnt how to host safaris, run a lodge and began developing his first wildlife photographs. After studying for a specialist Marine and Natural History Photography degree at Falmouth University William returned to the Masai Mara where he serves as resident photographer for Governors’.

As a wildlife photographer it is impossible not to be deeply affected by the destruction of the natural world. It is vital to William that his work is able to help not only raise positive awareness for what must be done, but also make a financial contribution to its safe keeping. He has participated in initiatives like Prints for Wildlife, a global print sale campaign involving 150 of the worlds leading wildlife photographers and raising $660,000 for African Parks Network.

William has additionally partnered with the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, a charity with a fantastic reputation for their progressive, holistic approach to conservation and with Jamie Joseph on the Saving the Wild project.

William also works hard to ensure his work is as environmentally-friendly as possible which is why he uses Picture Frames UK, the only framing and printing company in the world approved by the Forestry Stewardship Council.

All of William’s works come framed in Forestry Stewardship Council approved frames. This ensures all the timber based products used throughout the framing process are ethically sourced and as environmentally friendly as possible.

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As a photographer there are few places more exciting to visit than Amboseli, and perhaps nowhere in the world is there a more exhilarating place to photograph elephants. The combination of some of the last remaining ‘super tuskers’, huge families migrating between the national park and adjoining conservancies, and most dramatically, it all unfolds underneath Mt. Kilimanjaro, the world’s tallest free standing mountain. My first visit to the area was in October 2020. We started each day on the Amboseli lake bed, which at the end of a long season without rain meant it was dry and the earth crumbled under our land rover's wheels.

We were hoping to catch a group of elephants as they crossed from one side to the other - something they undertook twice a day; once coming in to the park for water in the morning and then back again in the evening to return to the hills and the abundance of food they contain. On our third day of five in the area, we got extremely lucky. Arriving as one herd had almost crossed the lake and in to the long grass, the mountain clearly visible in the background and the beautifully textured earth framing the scene, the photo composed itself.