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"Bwana James" as he is known to his guides in Kenya, has always had a keen eye for design, doing technical drawings and invention ideas in his spare time. After meeting his wife, wildlife artist Jan Martin McGuire, James began to have the opportunity to photograph wildlife in conjunction with their business. His immediate affinity for the genre was evident with Jan using many of his photos for reference for her fine art paintings.

After switching to digital from film, James immediately became entranced with it, learning all the nuances of digital film processing and publishing.


James is involved personally with his work every step of the way, not just "clicking the button" on his camera. He does all his own editing, cataloging, color correcting and cropping in his Mac computer. He does not do a lot of manipulation of his photos, but is currently doing a series of African subjects in sepia tones to capture a bygone era. He then runs many test prints on his large scale Epson printer to make sure the colors are perfect. Once any adjustments are made he prints each photograph with Archival ink on smooth white canvas. After hand inspecting them to make sure they are perfect, he painstakingly finishes them by coating them in a low gloss varnish, then hand signs and numbers them in strict limited editions.

Recently James has come up with a new concept called "THE ONE". These large scale photos are produced as a one of kind - an "original" if you will. The slogan is "One photographer, One Moment, One Collector". "ONES" will never be reproduced again as fine art in any form or size.

All his photos are framed in such a way as to be hung in any fine art collection.

James travels extensively, having been all over the North American continent, Costa Rica and four countries in Africa. He and Jan led groups annually to Kenya. While most of his photography focuses on African subjects, with a particular affinity for birds, James is also currently building his North American portfolio.