The Bigger Picture

The Bigger Picture  is a unique project that will use art, photography and film to raise funding and awareness for anti-poaching work in Zambia. The brainchild of artist Freddy Paske  and photographer Dave  MacKay  it will see them travel with their newly appointed documentary filmmaker Dieter Deswarteto spend a month working with a Zambian anti-poaching team in the field. Through their respective mediums of art, photography and film, they will create an impartial documentary of what life is like on the front line of conservation.

The results will be published in June 2017 with a sketchbook, short film and week-long London exhibition sitting alongside the  10th  Anniversary of the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation’s Wildlife Artist of the Year. Money raised through sales and donations will go towards keeping those involved in anti-poaching safe through the provision of professional training and equipment.

You can donate to support the project by clicking the donate button on this page.

About Dieter:

Dieter Deswarte is an awarded documentary filmmaker based in London. He is a self-shooter with a distinct personal aesthetic . His intimate approach leads to a gentle kind of film making that quietly captures the beauty of ordinary life. Over the past years he has worked for a range of charities and his personal work has gained him awards,screenings at several Festivals and broadcast on the BBC News Channel. In more recent years he has also been working as a guest lecturer at the University College of London

About Freddy and Dave:

Both ex-military, they have each chosen new career paths. Freddy is a professional artist specialising  in  watercolour , oils and charcoal and was shortlisted for the 2016  DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year. Freddy left the British Army in January 2016 after serving on operations in Afghanistan and Bosnia.

“Meeting Dave through  Heropreneurs , a UK charity which provides advice, support and opportunity for Service  leavers , Armed Forces veterans and military spouses, enabled us both to combine our skills to develop The Bigger Picture project,” explains Freddy.

Dave is a professional photographer who served a full career in the British Army. Having gained considerable experience on operations he is now keen to observe and document, telling an individual’s story through photography. He says: “The Bigger Picture is a unique project that will use art, photography and film to raise funding and awareness for anti-poaching in Zambia, a cause that both Freddy and I are passionate about supporting; we both see it as an opportunity to share our military knowledge and experiences to support the anti poaching community. ”

The Bigger Picture was born from Freddy and Dave exploring how they could combine their military skills with their new creative professions. Having both experienced conflicts around the world they understand how important a strong support network is when working in hostile environments. Following the success of various military charities, they want to help the lesser known world of anti-poaching and offer similar levels of support to the men and women facing an increasing danger.

Commenting of the project  DSWF  CEO, Oliver Smith said: “We are delighted to be involved in this really exciting initiative that will place Freddy and Dave in the very heart of one of the most dynamic conservation projects in Africa. We have been providing funding to vital anti-poaching, education and community work in Zambia for many years, and have watched the local team grow their support to the Department of National Parks and Wildlife, helping them to successfully address conservation challenges.”

DSWF  has twinned The Bigger Picture team with Game Rangers International (GRI) based in Zambia and all donations will help support their vital work.

The Bigger Picture is being fully sponsored by Janus Global Operations

The Bigger Picture