The Smoke that Thunders: Alone in the African Bush
Step One: Fly to Lusaka, Zambia and pick up a specially modified, 4x4 truck at the airport from a guy nicknamed «Snake».
Step Two: Ride off into the African «Bush» with dreams of hunting «The Big 5» game with my camera while savoring my self-guided, self-driven safari as the inspiration for my next exhibition of photographs, paintings and installation.
Leaving South Africa, I felt confident, after having spent a couple relaxing weeks studying up on the trip and learning about the hazards of off-road driving: skills like maneuvering through deep, heavy sand, dealing with giant elephants charging at your truck, and sleeping in a tent while lions and hippos roam free beside you. However, standing there in the airport parking lot as rain started to pour down, I began to question myself as Mr. Snake causally explained the details of this specially modified, safari monster. As the storm intensified, I pulled out of the parking lot heading north, with my clothes soaking wet and my head buzzing with anticipation. My itinerary was completely open aside from the borders of the four countries I was cleared to take the vehicle into: Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe & Namibia. Now all I needed to do was find a place to sleep. Join me at my next solo exhibition, «The Smoke that Thunders» (the native name for the Victoria Falls), where I’ve translated this amazing journey into paintings, photographs and sculptures...
Exploring the African Bush all alone, no driver, no guide, and sleeping in a tent with the wild animlas of the African bush surrounding me as the inspiration for my exhibition...