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Not all those who wander are lost....

I like to walk on the left, champion the bicycle as the ultimate mode of transport, am blind without glasses, and openly admit the only chocolates I like are Maltesers. I’m also an accredited and award-winning professional photographer and a passionate digital artist. I’m not your typical social-media photographer and I’m not a celebrity, although I do have a Facebook page for special occasions. I’ve worked and lived around the world, spending most of my adult life on the run from conformity and routine – it’s a lifestyle that lends itself well to exploring this vast Earth we call home. I spent my 20s in London, paying back The Man for an education in the Arts that didn’t quite deliver, and my thirties shooting through academic, government and press-outfits in the UK, China and Austria. I’m now finding a new challenge in Ethiopia, volunteering as a humanitarian photographer, helping NGOs and institutions visualise projects all over the country. I’ve recently returned from a UKAID / DFIF sponsored programme in Ethiopia’s Borana zone, a water-stressed region bordering Kenya.

I shoot with Nikon gear mostly. I’ve always been comfortable using Nikon bodies and lenses and generally don’t stray too far. I started with a pair of Pentax and Practika film bodies with a 50mm lens each and slowly moved my way up through the digital catalog as and when I had the work and cash – D50, D90, D300, D700, D2X, D3, D4 and now a D850 and Z6 mirrorless. I typically pack a 14 – 24, 50 and 70 – 200 if I’m venturing in to the unknown and keep a 35 and 300 as back up. I’ve recently started testing out a Sigma 18-35 Art and 70-200 Sport as potential replacements for some of my aging Nikkor lenses. I love my Nikkor lenses, they just perform when and where needed, but after 10 years of being beaten around the globe they don’t perform as well as they used to, and the competition between manufacturers has gotten serious this last decade.

I use a Zoom H6 coupled to a chest harness with a couple of off-the-shelf Rode mics if I need to capture audio footage for NGO work as I shoot. I use a Nest CX triopd with a Manfrotto fluid-drag head for shooting video or when I need to sit still or a few hours. I’ve not got a drone yet as have not needed one, but it’s on the cards, and I keep all my gear stashed in an old Osprey rucksack to avoid unwanted attention – I’m a professional with work to get done, attracting attention is best kept for the internet.

This virtual place is home to some of my personal Wanderlust archives and latest HDR work and acts as a portal for business and workshop clients. My online galleries are designed to replicate the walls of a physical galleries – simple, white no-frills backdrops with text boxes and large images. The rest of this site evolves on a daily basis as and when I find inspiration. Enjoy.

(Heading quote courtesy of the legendary J.R.R. Tolkien.)

BARNABY JACO SKINNER

Photographer & Artist

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