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A conservationist’s journey from Stroud

From Stroud to Namibia, you could be excused for thinking that photographer Morgan Cardiff’s life has taken an unconventional path.

Inspired by his mother’s garden, the former Gloucester High School student is currently in the final stages of completing a Natural Resource Management masters degree in Munich and Montana as an environmental scientist. It is part of a journey including Nicaragua in Central America, where he met South African Dave Chamberlain, the subject of Morgan’s acclaimed film project ‘The Penguin Runner”.

“Dave Chamberlain was my scuba diving instructor [in Nicaragua],” Morgan said.

“He was talking about running the length of Argentina… We kept in contact, and he did then run the length of Argentina. Following this I was in Germany and he contacted me to ask if I wanted to travel to Namibia and shoot some photos for him. He was now about to run 2700km through the desert, solo, unassisted, and on a liquid only diet (logistical reasons) to raise awareness for the African Penguin.”

The run from Namibia to South Africa was in aid of Bird Life South Africa.

“He told me there would be a 4WD parked in Walvis Bay, call this guy once you land, he will pick you up, take you to the land cruiser, buy everything you need for a month at the camping store, then come and find me,” he said, adding that prior to this he had never set foot in Africa and had not seen Dave for two years….more

Courtesy of the Gloucester Advocate
Read the full article | www.gloucesteradvocate.com.au
Rhy’s Morgan Images | www.rhysmorganimages.com

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