A huge amount of it is timing and I’ve been caught out in the past:
perfect light, the ideal composition and then ending up fumbling around with low batteries or the wrong lenses. You’ve always got to have your camera ready – which for an iPhone is pretty easy, but it’s harder with my Leica SL, so I make sure it’s on my hip as much as possible when I’m on expedition. But I’ve also been really lucky. One of my favourite photos that I’ve taken while travelling is of a Mundari cattle camp in south Sudan. The sun broke through the dense cloud cover at just the right time and sent heavenly shafts of light down onto the little settlement. copies by Rudyard Kipling as well as an early edition of Lawrence’s
I’ve also collected antiques from around the world, including a Bedouin broadsword from the Battle of Omdurman, a Megalodon tooth from the Darien Gap and a silver dagger from the wilds of Dagestan.