Desert Island DSLR
Wildlife and travel photographer
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?
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.