Firstly I would like to thank you for taking the time to view my work.
My name is Andrew Macdonald and I am from Bonnie Scotland.
I would like to tell you how this portfolio came into existence.
I was born on the 17th of October 1984 in the Scottish Borders.
After school I went into the family business of Painting and Decorating and before I knew it 10 years had passed and I craved adventure.
I took a life changing year long trip around the world in 2012/13 and having always liked photography I decided to see what images I could capture on my journey through Africa, South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand and South and North America.
After returning home I purchased new camera equipment and taught myself more about photography. One morning I set off and returned with a stunning image of Fatlips Castle. This image caught the attention of a local artist who then viewed my travel pictures. I was invited to exhibit at a local art exhibition and the praise for my images led me to set up my first website.
I began work on a portfolio of Scottish images which also proved to be very popular but my travel bug had been awoken and I was keen to set off again.
In January 2015 I moved to South Africa where, over 4 intensive months, I gained my guiding qualifications. I then worked as a Safari Guide for a further 2 months in South Africa before spending 3 unforgettable months working deep in Botswana's Okavango Delta. Naturally this turned my photography away from Landscape and towards wildlife, a challenge I relished. Sadly a fire halted my African dream in its tracks and I was forced to return home to Scotland having lost almost all my possessions.
In 2016 I once again left Scotland for African soil and spent 2 months working as a guide in South Africa. I then went on to fulfil a dream when I flew to Zambia and spent 3 weeks with the exclusive Norman Carr Safaris. My task here was to work on commercial photography for their advertising.
After this African dream I returned to New Zealand's South Island for a little over 2 months and was delighted to use my more homed skills on it's simply breathtaking landscapes.
In 2017 I was invited back to Zambia by Time + Tide (Norman Carr Safaris). My original trip was to work on some photography and videography over 3 months in their Zambian properties. I soon found myself spending an extra month with them in Madagascar and then a further 3 months in Cape Town working on my edits. In 2018 I will be returning again so watch this space!