Best known for his images of Africa’s iconic wildlife, Greg has a surprising choice for his favourite photograph – a subject that could have fitted into a matchbox…
Out of all of your wildlife images, do you have a favourite?
It’s a strange one, because it’s a macro shot [above]. We were living in southern Tanzania and the rains had set in, so I couldn’t drive anywhere. There were these beautiful yellow flowers growing outside our house, and I said to my wife, “I’m just going to get a shot of these flowers”. I was about to take a shot when one of the petals moved, and it was a spider called the flower crab spider. I thought, “That’s cool, I’ll get a shot of the spider”. And then a bee landed to pollinate and the spider grabbed the bee, so I closed my aperture down and was about to take another shot when I noticed something on the back of the female spider – it was a little male and he was mating with her, so I thought, “Wow, I have three subjects now!”. I was about to take the shot when two flies landed, one on each of the bee’s wings. Suddenly I had four subjects, all within a frame that could have fitted in a matchbox. I call the photo ‘Food Chain’ and I photographed all this where just a month prior there was nothing but a bare patch of earth. It sums up the incredible diversity you get in the bush, and how it’s completely full of surprises.