An intrepid photographer has traversed the globe to capture some of the planet’s most dangerous animals – as they have never been seen before.
Ten years in the making, Will Burrard-Lucas’s new book, Top Wildlife Sites Of The World, demonstrates the extreme lengths the 32-year-old will go to in search of the perfect shot.
Will thinks nothing of facing down angry gorillas in the Congo or spending weeks in the freezing Ethiopian mountains to snap an elusive wolf.
‘We were in the Republic of Congo in the rainforest. The main thing I was looking for was western lowland gorillas,’ he says.
‘These gorillas aren’t used to visitors. They’re very, very wild. There was a particular male, Neptuno, who was very wary of us and regularly charged towards me to let me know he was boss. That was an exhilarating experience.’
Will is also pioneering the use of robot-mounted cameras, indispensible for getting up close to Africa’s largest and fiercest creatures, including lions, rhinos and elephants.
‘Through my photography I have always tried to show things to people they haven’t seen before,’ he says.
‘I was trying to think of ways to achieve a photograph I had in mind of African wildlife – things like lions, leopards and elephants – but I wanted to get my camera closer to them than had ever been done before and then use a wide-angled lens to show them in a different light.
‘I stuck my camera on a remote-control buggy which I could then use to position it much closer to the animals than any human could get without getting mauled or trampled.’
The contraption, known as BeetleCam, looks like something out of Robot Wars, but Will also uses far smaller, motion-activated cameras to capture timid and nocturnal wildlife.
Whatever the method, perseverance is key to capturing the rarest species, such as the endangered African wild dog.
Unsurprisingly, the photographs of the pack Will finally tracked down in the Okavango Delta in Botswana are some of his favourite in the book.
‘It took me months to find my first pack and ever since then I always get a real rush of adrenaline when I come across them,’ he says.
Will’s wife Natalie also supplied words for the book – written while she was on maternity leave with their daughter Primrose.