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The problem with my pal Pete is that he is inclined to live out his fantasies. For some this happens at the time of the full moon – with Pete it is a reflex action as he struggles with the image of himself as a cross between Kirk Douglas in the Vikings and Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry.
It started with a health and safety warning. “No sooner had I told everyone about the dangers of photography in a castle ruin when it happened – a gentleman stepped backwards with his camera and plunged over a parapet,” said Martine, our course leader.
It has taken 70 years for me to have a Darwinian moment, and really it was a bit of an accident. There I was with my wife, two 70+ years olds climbing over a wooden gate like miscreant teenagers. We were in search of lowland gorillas. With one leg over the gate and my camera bag on my back with two a 400mm and a 500mm lens included together with a heavy wide angle, there was an ominous crack from the bottom bar of the gate and over I went, followed by my wife giggling endlessly.