A dream come true!

A personal message

As many of you know I love South Africa and it has been my goal for many years to be able to live and work in this magnificent place.

Well, the dream has come true. I have been offered and accepted a position as Photography Specialist Guide and resident Wildlife Photographer at Thanda Private Game Reserve, one of my favorite places in Kwazulu Natal. On Tuesday this week the South African Consulate in New York approved my work permit and I will be moving to South Africa at the beginning of June 2012.

This means that I will close my gallery in the Arcade in Nashville (the Gallery Crawl on Saturday, April 7, will be the last day the gallery will be open – with a big party 🙂 and I will teach my last photography class at the Nashville Zoo on May 23. I enjoyed my time at the Nashville Zoo very much, first as docent and then as the official photographer and photography teacher. I will miss all my friends at the zoo and all over the USA very much (and I hope that many of them will visit me in South Africa).

My blog, my web-gallery and web-store as well as my website will remain unchanged. In the future the “Picture of the Week” will come directly from the South African bush!

I am looking forward to working with my friends at Thanda, one of the most beautiful private game reserves in South African (http:/www.thanda.com). I will have to learn a lot of new skills, as I am new to the field guiding part of my job, but I will enjoy that very much. And if you wonder where I will be living: In the middle of a game reserve, in between Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Buffalos, Rhinos, Cheetahs and Wild Dogs!

Thanks for the support from all of you who helped me in changing my life from an being an IT Executive to becoming a South African Field Guide and Wildlife Photographer.

See you in South Africa!

15 Replies to “A dream come true!”

  1. Christian, I am so glad I got to meet you before you set off on your adventure, and I couldn’t be happier for you. Congratulations! I’ll look forward to your future posts. Best of luck to you, Cindy Anderson

  2. Christian, Yes Dreams can come true. Should I say it is well deserved, Your love and passion for S.A. has not gone unnoticed.It shows in every way. I made a post on 3-11-12 (my favorite lion) that your next trip would be awesome, Who knew that great news was on it’s way. I couldn’t be happier for you. Take it to the limit ( being safe at it ) and so many great things will happen for you, just you wait and see. Have a great wonderful day. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Good Luck Chris I’m so happy for you that your dreams are coming true not all of us can live out a dream but with all of your hard work you made it happen

  4. Congratulations, Christian! Your followers will enjoy hearing more and more about life on the reserve and I know you’ll enjoy this position to the fullest. I enjoyed taking one of your advanced classes at the Nashville Zoo, and seeing you around town at other photo events. I know you will enjoy following your true passion! Cheers!

  5. Dear Christian,
    Congratulations!!!! I’m so happy for you.
    Thank you very much for the donkey photograph. It brings a smile everytime I look at it. 🙂

  6. Congratulations to you Christian, I know you were looking forward to, and hoping for this chance, and now you have it. ..I can’t wait to see more pics from Africa…Good luck!

    shedra
    sherri drake (NWTPC)

  7. Congratulations! I am happy that your dreams and goals are coming true! I look forward to reading and seeing your new adventures!

  8. I wish you all the best Christian. I have taken a few of your classes and thoroughly enjoyed them. I can also see in your pictures and their descriptions how much you love South Africa. The Nashville Zoo is lucky to have had you and enhance their profile through your photos which are always great. You will be missed. Please keep sending the blog so I can dream of shooting in SA one day too.
    Thanks and God Bless.

  9. What an amazing opportunity! I can’t wait to here about your new adventures. Congratulations and good luck! – Jessica Easterday (former Nashville Zoo keeper)

  10. The whole Nashville photography community will miss you but I hope you keep up your blog. I am trying to attend your May 19th class at the zoo but they have not posted it yet.

    All the best,
    Rick Wise

  11. Hi Christian,
    Congratulations, this is very good news. In fact it’s always top when you can have a hobby as a job. Enjoy your new life!
    All the best,
    Piet Keijzer

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