Only a few hours after a heavy rain shower, terrapins emerge from their burrows beneath the tree roots where they have hibernated for six months. Within three days every puddle has its own terrapin population, and within three weeks, the adults from the previous season lay their eggs in the mud surrounding the puddle. This photograph, along with many other portraying the fascinating Kalahari, will be on display at the Omba Gallery from 03 October.
Bernd Wasiolka’s heart beats for Africa. After finishing high school, he became increasingly fascinated with exploring the world. He toured Asia, Australia and Central America with a camera in hand. His travel experiences resulted in a love for wild animals, and lead to a change in career.
It was while studying at university in Germany that his interests and focus turned to Africa, its wildlife and geography. Bernd travelled extensively to southern Africa to photograph and document wildlife in exotic locations. A three-year study of the impact of land use on animal diversity in the Kalahari, specifically the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, for his doctoral thesis, brought a new dimension to his photography as his emotional relationship with the Kalahari deepened. Countless encounters with African wildlife persuaded him to change career again, in favour of wildlife photography. Wasiolka currently divides his time between professional wildlife photography and working as an animal ecologist in southern Africa. For the past two years he focused primarily on the Kalahari, spending months at a time on location to capture the essence and spirit of this magical place. A total of 700 days were devoted to photographing an astonishing array of wildlife, culminating in the first photographic essay, capturing but a mere glimpse of his total experience, ‘Kalahari Dreaming’. Kalahari Dreaming is a photographic exhibition and book launch, encapsulating an enduring love affair with the Kalahari. The exhibition runs from 03 to20 October, at the Omba Gallery.