J NESSER PHOTOGRAPHY
ABOUT -- My first photographic experience began with my tour of duty in Vietnam in 1969-70. I used an old Argus 35mm camera to produce all of the photos and the cover shot that would in 2008 become part of my book, The Ghosts of Thua Thien. The book was published by McFarland & Company and is available from McFarland Publishers or Amazon.Com. The photos that I have included in my Vietnam Gallery are there for historical interest, not because of photographic excellence. Recently McFarland Publishers released 'Nam Raw, a collection of excerpts from 24 Vietnam war combat memoirs. My memoir was included.
Much of my photographic inspiration comes from several famous photographers: Frans Lanting, Tom Mangelsen, John Shaw, and Art Wolfe. I am also inspired by several excellent South African wildlife photographers including Andrew Schoeman, Fanus Weldhagen, Morkel Erasmus, Brendon Cremer, and Wim van den Heever. Wildlife and natural landscapes are my main interests but I also enjoy travel and aesthetic black and white photography.
PHOTOGRAPHY OBJECTIVE -- I share my photography to inspire others to understand and appreciate the wildlife and natural ecosystems that I photograph. Hopefully that will lead others to support wildlife and other conservation causes.
CONSERVATION -- I am an ardent conservationist and support the World Wildlife Fund, African Wildlife Foundation, and Panthera. Please be aware of the unprecedented levels of habitat loss and poaching that is occurring all over the globe but particularly in Africa. Please support the wildlife organization of your choice.
SAFARI -- I highly recommend a photo safari to South Africa with Tusk Photo (tuskphoto.com) and Elephant Plains Game Lodge (elephantplains.co.za). The safaris are conducted in the Sabi Sands Reserve which is adjacent to Kruger National Park. Tusk Photo and Elephant Plains Game Lodge together offer great accomodations, excellent cuisine, and superb photo instruction.