Piper Mackay’s journey as an African wildlife and cultural photographer has taken her on adventures across the African continent. Driven to create compelling imagery and stories that make a difference, her work takes her deep off the beaten path, immersed into the cultures and wild environment’s she is photographing.
She believes compelling work comes when you invest time, living the stories you are trying to tell. It is important to interact and gain the trust of those whose stories you are telling, especially when sensitive and complicated. The world has enough images of poverty, pain and disaster, much more needful is imagery that reveals the beauty and dignity of the communities that are, except by their geography and circumstances, very similar to our own. Powerful images help shape the view of the world and play an important role in disseminating how cultures and wildlife are coping with the rapid changes happening in the developing world.
Her passion for the natural world has grown into a lifelong commitment to inspire others to explore, respect and preserve the beauty of our fragile planet. Using this same passion and drive she was able to over come a decade of obstacles and finally realize her dream of living in Kenya.
Piper’s photographs are licensed by Getty Images top collections. Featured articles of her work have been printed in national publications such as; National Geographic Traveler, Outdoor Photographer, Nature Photographer, Ranger Finder, and Selamata, as well as, local travel and online magazines. Her images have grace the pages of Natures Best, National Geographic, National Geographic Explorer, WWF calendars, birders and numerous travel publications. Her images have been on exhibit at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington DC, The Museum of History and industry in Seattle Washington, The Art Wolfe gallery, The G2 Galley and are hanging in private collections. She is on the Gura Gear Pro Team.
She is an independent photographer and available for assignment work.
Her prior career in the fashion industry, where she was deeply involved with combing color and texture, has greatly enhanced her approach to the unique look and feel of each culture and photographic subject. This also gave her a strong background in business and marketing.