moutain gorilla holidays PHOTOGRAPHY & WRITING BY IAN WOOD

I’m slightly dubious of an ‘about’ page on a website. What am I supposed to say ? Should I have a photo of me - camera in hand - to somehow prove to you that I'm a photographer ? Or maybe two photos - the latter at a desk; frantically scribbling on a note book - to say I also write. I hate to be predictable, so there's none of that. Instead, let's get the formalities out of the way and then I'll tell you what I love. 

I’m a writer and photographer who specialises in nature, travel and wildlife. My work has appeared in numerous magazines and newpapers around the world including BBC Wildife, Wildtravel magazine, Nat Geo travel and the Telegraph (my published work section has a few PDFs available to view or download). I also run holidays and workshops, which I’m obliged to say are inspiring. But chances are – if you’re reading this – you don’t know me from Adam, whoever he is. From each trip that I run, I contribute significant amounts to wildlife conservation and I'm proud that over the last few years these have now raised tens of £1000's . Currently the pojects that I contribute to include The Orangutan Foundation, Jane Goodall Institute and Gorilla Doctors. All the testimonials on my holiday pages are genuine, unedited feedback from people who’ve been on trips with me. That will probably say far more than my personal hype, so if you’re interested, click here and it will take you to my holiday & workshop section. An added bonus of running small group holidays has been the many friendships which have blossomed – like a fragrant flower. That last bit is supposed to sound corny by the way; not the bit about the friendships – the bit about the fragrant flower. I’m sure you understand … and now I’m using up vital space … maybe I’ll cut the bit about the fragrant flower.

My new book 'Swimming with Dolphins, Tracking Gorillas' is out now.  Illustrated with gorgeous images, it shows where and how to meet the world's iconic wildlife in the most ethical ways possible. Just £10.23 with free delivery on Amazon (direct link here) or Click here to flick through some sample pages, where to buy etc.

Now onto what I love :

Things I love (in no particular order)
Nature - oceans - rainforests - swimming with wild pods of dolphins - Guinness - photography - sharing fine food with fine people - writing - dogs - exploring - laughing - orangutans - learning other languages - humans (though sadly not all of them) - reading inspirational books - sharks - comedy - mountain gorillas – birds – manta rays. I could go on for much longer, but I think I’ll stop there. Oh and there’s certain people too of course … but they know who they are and people aren’t really things. But then oceans and orangutans aren’t just things. In fact what is a thing ? I’ve just looked it up. ‘Thing’ : an object, fact, affair, circumstance or any concept considered a separate entity; any inanimate object. Mmmm I’ve been back through the list and only Guiness seems to fit that description - which would be ridiculous to leave on its own.

NEW - My lastest book is out in April 2017 entitled the 'Orangutans's World. Click on the photo below for some more info including a few pages to flick through.