As boundaries are declared with walls and ditches, and cement suffocates the land, the great herds of the past become concentrated in new and strange habitats. Densities rise, the habitats are diminished, and the land itself begins to die. Imbalance is compounded. Man and animal now more than ever find themselves competing for both food, and space. It is these area’s of human-wildlife conflict that I’ve increasingly turned the focus of my work upon. 'Hunters' explores the complex relationship that exists between man and animal, the hunter and the hunted, as both struggle to adapt to our changing environments. At the beginning of the 20th century, East African hunting safaris became a fashionable pursuit among members of the privileged classes, particularly in Britain and the United States. The completion of the Uganda Railway in 1901 provided easier access to the interior highlands of British East Africa (now Kenya), where large game, especially elephants, lions, buffalo and rhinoceros, was plentiful. The white hunt- er served these paying customers as guide, teacher, and protector. It was in Kenya that the tourist trophy hunting industry proper started, with wealthy European and American visitors paying settler farmers to guide them on hunting safaris in the area. Similar tourist hunting industries soon developed elsewhere in Africa. South Africa currently has the largest hunting industry. There are also well-developed hunting industries in Zimbabwe, Botswana and Nami- bia, and to a lesser extent Zambia, Mozambique and Swaziland. The southern African hunting industry has grown in recent years due partly to a major increase in game ranching at the expense of traditional live- stock farming, which has been particularly hard hit by both drought and recession.
Huntress with buck, South Africa.