On Friday 29th April I was invited to the opening of Carole Deschuymere's Exhibition opening "Wild van Afrika" in De Panne, Belgium. It was an absolute pleasure to be invited to the opening.
For those of you who may not know Carole's work....where have you been? :-) No, seriously, for those of you who haven't come across Carole's work I highly recommend that you check out her social media streams and website. Carole's journey started (if I am not mistaken) in 2010, and for the past 6 years she has built a seriously impressive portfolio of wildlife images from across Africa; Botswana, Kenya, Zimbabwe and South Africa. As a fellow wildlife photographer what strikes me when you view Carole's work is that there is a very distinct photographic style, when I view Carole's work, I know it is hers. And I think that is probably one of the best compliments you can give a fellow wildlife photographer.
Carole's images are on display in De Panne a town located on the Belgium coast, at the Dienst Cultuur (Culture Centre, Zeelaan, 21, De Panne, Belgium), from 30th April through to 21st May. All the details can be found at the following website (which is in Dutch, but the opening times are easy to figure out Monday-Saturday 9:00-noon and 14:00-17:00).
Carole has a range of images on display from many different reserves in Africa. In recent years Carole has been focused on Mana Pools (Zimbabwe) which is one of the few game reserves that allow walking safari which has generated some very unique sightings that Carole has captured. If you like big cats you are in for a treat too as Carole has some truly amazing Lion and Leopard images on display. As a fellow wildlife photographer I know it is with pride and a great sense of satisfaction that Carole has been able to put on an exhibition. There is nothing like seeing the images you've captured, all your hard work, in print and on display being admired by the public.
If you are in the area, or happen to be visiting Belgium in the next month I recommend taking time out to visit the exhibition. De Panne is a really nice seaside town and it would make a great day out to combine with a visit to the dunes and the beach which themselves make for great landscape images!
Congratulations to Carole on what will be a successful exhibition!