Through My Eyes depicts a professional journey taken by wildlife veterinarian, Dr Michael Kock, over several decades. It is a coffee table sized book, 600 pages, 1400 colour photographs, which provide a powerful visual journey of conservation and biodiversity challenges in Africa and globally. Serious issues are discussed but there are also several delightful stories to provide a balance within the bigger picture.
The author’s journey is told through photographs and text, interwoven in such a way that the reader sets off on a journey visiting 3 continents and travelling across Africa. The reader will see the stark realities of trying to practice Conservation in a challenging world. Under the Conservation umbrella lie people and communities, their livelihoods, stunning biodiversity within protected areas, wildlife under threat, health and disease issues, poverty and inequality. The book has 14 Chapters, journeys through 14 African countries and globally. The story is driven by the mantra: “a picture is worth a thousand words” and here are some examples of the power of pictures in telling a story under 4 seminal headings.