Behind the camera
Flashback by Peter Bang ...
Top photo: Cheetah eating fresh gazelle meat, Kenya 1968. Photo by Peter Bang.
It all started when
... My father lent me his camera while we were watching cheetah´s eatning the fresh meat of a gazelle on a remote savannah in East Africa. When I asked my dad how to take pictures he just told me to look with my heart. He said, that since I have been watching cheetah´s for some time and I seemed to like the wildlife I might have an idea about what moment I would like to capture and keep for the future.
Later my first photo of the cheetah´s was published in a magazine with other pictures for an article about endangered wildlife in Africa. At that time I was 12 years old and my father had been working for some years as a veterinarian in Kenya and Tanzania.
Back then there were many cheetah´s on the African savannah. Now there´s only very few left in the wild. But I still try to keep my fathers advice in my heart, and to be honest it is actually almost all I know about photography. I have not read tons of books about technical photographical matters. But over fifty years I have done many mistakes and taken thousands of slides with heavy equiepment, and several cameras have been lost in wild rivers, remote mountains and other places. Now I use a digital compact camera, so today I dont need to carry a lot of heavy equipment and loads of film. Now everything can be done very easy and discreet compared to the art of previous days photography. The pictures I take today are all taken with a camera that have it all, including video recorder in full HD.
Most of the pictures in this gallery are scanned slides taken with "old-fashioned" equipment in the last century. The historic photos can be purcased in high quality upon request.
Cheetah tears... According to an old legend of the San people (Namibias Bushmen), the black stribes under the eyes of the Cheetah have emerged due to the many tears the Cheetah family have cryed out over so many generations because of all the escaped meat, all the suffering and the hard ongoing struggle for survival on the open Savannah.