Kim + Craig Young

Avid conservationists, Kim and Craig Young spent several weeks in Africa on a belated honeymoon in 2011; first getting their hands dirty volunteering for a lion conservation group, followed by a week photographing their way across the Sabi Sands. Along the way they fell madly in love with the continent, its people and its wildlife, its headstrong beauty and its subtle magic.

When not plotting yearly return trips (and hopefully a permanent move some day) and plans for other world travels, they spend their professional working days as an architect and a web developer, and their evenings as photographers, musicians, writers, and dancers. Visit their website to read about their ongoing love affair with Africa.

You can work pretty much where you want to – on the road, do you find it hard to work or do you just have fun and work when you come back home?

While traveling it can be difficult to find a balance between working and simply trying to enjoy the moments you're experiencing. To that end, we generally try not to keep our heads buried in our laptops when there is an entire world beckoning to be engaged. (Which is, of course, the reason we're there in the first place!) Instead, we're both good at keeping detailed journals (usually at day's end when we're falling asleep), and since we're taking pictures by the thousands it's a simple enough workflow to remember and recreate what we experienced after we've returned home.

Do you feel many people are envious of your lifestyle?

Yes. And they should be.

In which countries have people recognised you, even when you thought nobody would?

We've traveled a great deal and we've made friends in many places -- United States, Canada, Mexico, England, Scotland, Ireland, Holland, Denmark, Belgium, Luxembourg, Sweden, Germany, Spain, France, Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Thailand... and a few others, I'm sure -- but we've never been the type of people who look for or crave recognition.

We're not traveling to be seen or recognized. It's not about us, nor should it be. We're traveling to see and recognize the beauty in the people, architecture, landscape, wildlife, scenery around us. If we somehow find ourselves in the middle of the picture, or the focus of a scene, then we've made a mistake in how we've framed the shot and the sentiment we're trying to capture and relay to our readers.

Which three items would you never travel without?

Notebook, camera & curiosity.

Are there any specific souvenirs or other things you collect from the places you go to?

"Own only what you can carry with you; know languages, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag." -Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

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