Dylan James Cook
My first official leap into photography began in high school when I decided to take a summer course in Italy. I admit, my intention when signing up was to find the easiest course to take so I had more time to be on vacation. However, as soon as I started to learn and play around, my interest was piqued. It also didn't hurt that I was learning photography in some of the most beautiful cities in Italy.
After completing a tourism management degree at The University of Guelph, I narrowed my focus to where I’ve always felt the most confident: behind the lens. I was looking for a way to combine my love for photography with my love for travel. To my great pleasure, an opportunity of a life time presented itself in the form of a three-month journey to Kenya. Here, I operated as the secondary photographer for Royal African Safaris – an upscale safari company that explores the culture, wildlife and captivating landscapes present throughout the beautiful continent of Africa. During this time, I was lucky enough to photograph anything from the Massai peoples and a flamboyance of flamingos to The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and a coalition of cheetahs. It was a true pleasure to be behind the lens in Kenya to witness such incredible sights, wildlife and people.
After my time in Kenya, I decided I wanted to further my photography education. To do so, I completed a three-month intensive course at Ryerson University and gained a certificate in photography studies. Since then I've been traveling, working on my portfolio and narrowing my focus to the world of conservation photography.