I am David Coulson, in 20 years I’ve travelled the entire Africa and took 100 000 images of ancient rock art. AMA!
My name is David Coulson, I am an international photographer and author, whose passion is the ancient African rock art. Originally from the UK, I’ve lived in Africa for more than 40 years. I am one of those crazy guys, for whom the Sahara is the most magical and mesmerising place on Earth. Up to now I’ve lead over 20 expeditions, and travelled 20,000 miles there.
The Sahara captured my imagination with the rock art paintings, which opened windows onto vanished worlds, some of which existed long before the Egyptian pyramids!
BTW, We are fundraising for our next Saharan expedition to document the endangered rock art of the Sahara! Please contribute: http://igg.me/at/Saharan-Rock-Art YOU can support us by donating and sharing! One week left - July 1 is the last day!
A desert is not as boring as it might seem. On the contrary, it’s full of excitement and surprises with danger usually only just round the corner. It’s all about 10,000 ft mountain ranges, immense vistas of sand dunes, unique wildlife, indigenous nomadic tribes (often armed and scary!), close shaves with snakes and scorpions, sleeping under the stars with ice in the hair, and being stuck in the sand occasionally.
As a result of my passion and inspiration from the legendary palaeontologist Mary Leakey, Trust for African Rock Art (TARA) was set up in Nairobi, Kenya. It all started twenty years back just with myself, my assistant and my driver. Now, we are a large team, with partners worldwide, sending expeditions all across Africa and possessing the largest rock art image archive (which is available to everyone, by the way). Here is a rock art gallery on our website.
Want to know more? Ask me anything!
UPDATE: Thank you everyone for your questions, most of which are really interesting and insightful. It's a pleasure to share my memories and experiences with you! Will have a short break, getting back to you shortly!
2nd UPDATE: One more short break to be back soon - so happy to see such a huge interest in rock art!