Paul Goldstein is provocative in everything he does, whether photographing, guiding, presenting or fund-raising. His jobs consist of cramming in a full-time career with a tour operator, owning four safari camps in Kenya, guiding all over the world, fund-raising for tigers and other persecuted species and writing.
Through it all the ethical side of wildlife, be it just viewing it or photographing it is desperately important. ‘When I see photos of snarling animals I shudder, the ‘photo at any cost’ concept is disgracefully still-borne . Just as morally derelict are those wildlife photographers who think just by taking some images they will help the species. This is bollocks, I have spent much of the past fifteen years raising money for schools, boreholes, teachers, FGM programmes and natal clinics by photographing endangered animals and those images have big ancillary benefits – over £100,000 worth. This will continue. Unless local people feel a ‘warmth’ from their striped or spotted neighbour why should they protect them?