Safari Time…

Base Camp from the air.

Last month I had the rare opportunity to fulfill a dream of mine; to photograph a large variety of the wildlife of Botswana. Not, as is customarily the case, in my studio, but to embark on a 14 day adventure to the center of South Africa.

Joined by my wife and 2 daughters, we criss-crossed the country of 220,000 sq miles, roughly half of which is protected as a national park. As we explored the magnificent terrain, it was apparent both the government officials and the local citizenry were committed to protecting this extraordinary natural habitat.


Wildlife photography is all about observing, planning, and then waiting. Anticipating the location of the sun, the habits of the wildlife, and the vagaries of the weather are only slightly different than dealing with clients, handlers, and deadlines back home. But, as is always the case, patience eventually pays off!














I won’t be trading my Chicago studio for a Range Rover anytime soon, but I do look forward to more opportunities to stretch my boundries and stir my creative juices visiting some of the most pristine ecosystems on our planet.


Steve Grubman

About Steve Grubman

Chicago based animal photographer Steve Grubman has been creating award winning images for over 40 years. Along with impressive Portrait, Still Life, and Architectural portfolios, Steve's uncanny connection with animals has produced an amazing body of work for such clients as Purina, Ziploc, Emerson, Abbott, Pfizer, Motorola, Paramount, and many other iconic ad campaigns.
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4 Responses to Safari Time…

  1. Emily Eisenberg says:

    Absolutely amazing. In awe of these photos!!

  2. Ellen Cohen says:

    What fabulous pictures. I hope you will be posting more.

    Love to all,

  3. Noreen Winningham says:

    I have seen many photos from African “safaris.” And I admit to my biases in favor of your work. But still, these photographs are inspiring. For the very first time I want to see this landscape and these animals myself, in person. You have a wondrous gift for capturing the unique power of life in all of your subjects. It is such a joy that you share via this blog! Many, many thanks!

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