Desert Is­land DSLR

Wildlife and travel pho­tog­ra­pher

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We put our ques­tions to wildlife and travel pro Mar­got Raggett

What’s your cur­rent mood as we speak?

Ex­cited! Our Re­mem­ber­ing Rhi­nos book launch is fast ap­proach­ing. Af­ter nearly a year of work, peo­ple will fi­nally be able to get their hands on the book. I can’t wait to see their re­ac­tions.

What’s your favourite place on Earth?

The Ma­sai Mara in Kenya is hard to beat, for both the land­scape and the den­sity of the wildlife.

What an­i­mal would you be?

A leop­ard, for sure. I like to dis­ap­pear off and do my own thing.

Are you a hunter or a gath­erer?

I guess a hunter, in the sense that I try and go out and make things hap­pen.

Who’s the first pho­tog­ra­pher who comes to your mind, and why?

Angie Scott. She’s my men­tor and in­spi­ra­tion – and I don’t think any­one takes more beau­ti­ful pic­tures of wildlife than her.

What is your screen­saver?

A lion walk­ing straight down the bar­rel of the cam­era to­wards me. I held my breath when I took that im­age!

What did you want to be when you were five years old?

A brain sur­geon!

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I’m an­swer­ing “who” for this. Vir­ginia McKenna OBE, co-founder of The Born Free Foun­da­tion.

Be hon­est – what kind of pho­tog­ra­phy are you bad at?

Any­thing that in­volves set­ting up light­ing. It isn’t some­thing I’ve done so of­ten that it is sec­ond na­ture.

If you weren’t a pho­tog­ra­pher, what would you have done?

I only be­came a pho­tog­ra­pher in my late 30s. Life is a jour­ney, so who knows where I’ll end up!

How would you de­scribe your own pho­tog­ra­phy?

Emo­tional.

What was your first cam­era?

A Nikon D3000, which I bought as a hasty pur­chase for my first sa­fari...

What is at the top of your per­sonal bucket list?

Right now, to see go­ril­las in the wild (but I have a trip to do that booked later this year). I’m very ex­cited.

Which book should ev­ery pho­tog­ra­pher read?

Re­mem­ber­ing Rhi­nos, of course!

Could you live with­out Pho­to­shop?

I do! I only use Light­room to process my im­ages.

What would be a good theme song for your life?

‘Fly­ing Over Africa’ by John Barry.

And fi­nally, what is your Desert Is­land DSLR?

I have been green with envy over re­views of the Nikon D850, so I guess it would have to be that! One day, hope­fully, one day...

Re­mem­ber­ing Rhi­nos is out now. It fea­tures im­ages of this en­dan­gered an­i­mal from the world’ s lead­ing wildlife pho­tog­ra­phers, and all pro­ceeds from the book go to The Born Free Foun­da­tion.

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