I am blessed. I have 2 wonderful children Enya and James. I live in Africa, the wildest continent on earth. I feel very privileged and grateful. There is so much beauty around us... I meditate, I capture, I share.
To inspire people is my mission. I inspire people to re-connect with nature, to help one discover true natural beauty and restore one’s inner balance, one’s harmony.
I love nature. I love photography. I am a nature photographer.
And I will share my passion with you.
I am a nature photographer. I love to share my passion through soul photography. I love to take like-minded people on photo safaris and teach visual meditation as a means to connect with one’s surroundings and, ultimately, one’s Self.
I invite you to browse through my portfolio which displays some of my most loved images of landscapes, flora, fauna and nature abstracts.
My photographs are available in signed limited editions and can be purchased on line, in various sizes printed on canvas or fine art paper. I also produce photographic movies and books, available in print and electronic format.
ABOUT PAUL GODARD...
Since 1991, Paul Godard has had solo exhibitions in Brussels, Paris, Moscow, Harare and Cape Town. His team is now planning an international travelling exhibition on Ticket2Utopia to be launched at the National Art Gallery of Namibia in April-May 2017.
Paul Godard is the co-author – with Petra Vandecasteele – of two books : In Celebration of Fynbos (published by Struik in 2007) and Enya & James In The Land Of Magic (published by Kids of Nature in 2009).
Paul Godard contributes to several South African and international magazines.
Paul Godard has co-produced a photographic movie in 2006 - Living your Dream - which is the true story of his life-changing 4-year-long breathtaking expedition from Brussels to Cape Town. This movie has just be re-mastered for the best viewing experience in full hd.
Paul Godard is also involved with Kids of Nature, an initiative aims at reconnecting children with nature.
As an adventurer animated by a profound desire to explore beyond the boundaries of the finite, I listen to the silence of the landscape and its natural inhabitants. The scenery that surrounds me then becomes abstract, inevitably leading to some form of meditation. Only then do I use my camera to capture the essence of nature that I see and feel.
Like an artist of the Romantic movement, I capture the beauty of the natural world in my painting-like photographs. Each image becomes a universe on its own, capturing the essence of how the external affects the internal. Each image expresses a daily reflection, a soul search of the restless traveller. The message is one of purity, serenity and above all humility for the natural beauty that surrounds us.
But what is most important to me is for my photographs to touch people’s souls in a way that enables them to awaken to the natural beauty that surrounds us, and to inspire and raise more conscious recognition and respect for the planet.
When people share their feedback after seeing my photographs and thank me for helping them to open their eyes to natural beauty, I feel I have accomplished something through my photography... I feel fulfilled.
A while ago, a good friend surprised me with some words which really touched me. He said "You know Paul, since I have seen your photographs, I can now recognise the elegance around me... these little farms on my way to town on a road that I have driven for more than 60 years... these old buildings and the people had always been there but I couldn’t see them... now when I drive by I am often in awe of their beauty. Thank you for that!”.
Again after a series of photographic exhibitions: "Fields of Silence” in the United States and in Belgium, I heard people telling me that I really changed the way they were relating to their every day environment. They all felt that they had become more aware of their surroundings and visually stimulated by what they used to take for granted.
"The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”
– Marcel Proust –
For the last few years, I have been working on surrealistic representation of real and natural landscapes. I believe that we are living more and more in an artificial and virtual world and that too often we forget the beauty of the real world and that nature will heal humanity.
This new collection, called "Horse Vision”, was inspired by the wild horses living in the Namib Desert. As I spent more time with these creatures, I started to appreciate their perception of the vastness of the magnificent landscapes in which they live. The resulting photographs are a visual meditation of that experience, which epitomise the idea of imagined space - a reminder that what I create with my camera is only real to me.
In addition to printed art work, I have recently combined photography and music into inspirational movies. This visual meditation is an innovative technique that guides the viewer into connecting with nature in such a way as to create an experience of deep relaxation and mindful awareness. It’s about creating a space for truly experiencing the restorative and healing power of nature and to come to a place of rest deep within ourselves. Contemplation of nature can free us of the mind’s need to conceptualise, to judge and restore us to a sense of connectedness, as nature exists in a space of innocent stillness. The music that accompanies these inspirational movies is composed specifically by Kevin Letcher, with the intention to facilitate a space for experiencing the dignity, innocence and holiness of nature. It has a transcendental quality which can transport the viewer into a magical dance between our humanness and nature.
It’s about allowing nature to meditate you and become your teacher.
On the cold, winter day of 18 November 1959 (a long time ago...) I arrived into this world in Brussels, Belgium. Over the next couple of decades, I obtained a PhD in Sciences with emphasis on Ecology and a Master in Business & Administration. I've indeed spent too much time in university... but that is also a long time ago. Since then, my passion for nature photography took over, resulting in solo photographic exhibitions in Brussels, Paris, Moscow, Harare and Cape Town.
In 1994, I made my first big dream come true and started a 4-year overland expedition along the Great Rift Valley in East Africa, from Brussels to Cape Town. This life-changing story was made into a photographic movie 'Living Your Dream' and screened in South Africa in 2004.
Since 1999, I have been living in my own designed earth lodge Cocagne in Gordon's Bay near Cape Town, South Africa.
I am blessed with two wonderful children: a girl, Enya, and a boy, James.
I enjoy using my creative talents as the Art Director of my primary business (for now) – Gondwana Studio, a multimedia studio which specializes in database web development. In 2011 I also started a new business venture (Building Time Lapse) which focus on time-lapse video of green building sites and projects around Africa.
I am the co-founder and chairman of Kids of Nature, a foundation that aims to reconnect children with nature.
I have published 2 books in South Africa : In Celebration of Fynbos (Struik - 2007) and Enya & James in the Land of Magic (Kids of Nature / Moonshine Media - 2009) and regularly contribute with photographs and features to South African magazines and KidsOfNature.com.