‘Magic of Africa’ and Graham Harvey

Graham Harvey's 'Magic of Africa' presentation at the Southern Photographic Society - photo by Jim Gibson
Graham Harvey during his ‘Magic Of Africa’ presentation – photo by Jim Gibson

On Wednesday 16th October we welcomed Graham Harvey who kindly shared some photographs and tales from his annual trips to volunteer at the Kariega Game Reserve in South Africa.

Graham modestly undersold his skills as a photographer, although the evidence on the screen said otherwise. Indeed many of the wildlife images would not look out of place in an exhibition or top competition and you can see a few examples on this page.

Elephants enjoying the mud at the Kariega Game Reserve, South Africa - photo by Graham Harvey
Elephants in mud at the Kariega Game Reserve – photo by Graham Harvey

There was a serious side to Graham’s presentation, too.  In the first segment he showed us the scars of de-horned Rhinos and later he shared some of the colourful customs and costumes of the local people, but also their poverty and the Ekuphumieni Township Helping Hands Soup Kitchen that is so close to his heart.

As Graham put it: “They have nothing – everything I do now is for them.”

Graham requested that we made made a donation to the Lions Club IOM rather than the usual thank you gift of wine, which we were glad to do.  The donations from the club and the members present on the night totalled £67, which will be passed along to the local Lions Club to help feed 60 children at the soup kitchen, together with other raised Lion Club funds.

We will definitely take up Graham on his offer to speak to us again, and thank you to Anna and Jason for suggesting and arranging his visit.

We received the latest print folios from the L&CPU this week, which we reviewed during the evening and hopefully the prints demonstrated the level of imagery and printing that we all aspire to.

A final reminder that the deadline for our next club competition – “Vintage” – is on Sunday 20th October so please have your entries in by 6pm, and with the deadline for the inter-club “3-Way Battle” looming at the end of the month hopefully all members are picking out your strongest images for selection.  It would be great to build on our good showing last year. 

Baby Giraffe at the Kariega Game Reserve, South Africa - photo by Graham Harvey
A baby Giraffe at the reserve – photo by Graham Harvey
Lions at the Kariega Game Reserve, South Africa - photo by Graham Harvey
Lions at the reserve – photo by Graham Harvey
Children at the Ekuphumieni Township Helping Hands Soup Kitchen  - photo by Graham Harvey
Children at the Ekuphumieni Township Helping Hands Soup Kitchen – photo by Graham Harvey