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Program 314: Travel Portraits; Artist's Safari; Africa 54

Release Date: 02-02-2013


A portrait photographer shares tips for taking top-notch photos of the people you meet in your travels. A painter shares how going on an artist's safari has deepened his love of African wildlife, and lets him look eye to eye with the creatures of the savannah. Also, a travel writer tells us how he's preparing to start a three-year trip to every country in Africa.


  • Portrait photographer Phil Borges, author of "Tibet: Culture on the Edge" (Rizzoli)
  • Wildlife artist Fred Krakowiak, author of "The Artist's Safari: Capturing Africa with Pen, Lens, and Paintbrush" (self-published)
  • Travel writer Francis Tapon, author of "The Hidden Europe: What Eastern Europeans Can Teach Us" (Wander Learn Series)

Related Links

  • Photographer Phil Borges' website includes many of his portrait photos. His latest book of portraits and essays is called "Tibet: Culture on the Edge."
  • Phil Borges founded an educational program in citizen diplomacy called "Bridges to Understanding," to use digital technology to enhance storytelling. The program is now associated with Teachers Without Borders.
  • Fred Krakowiak's website is called, and features photos of his artwork, and links to his latest book, "The Artist's Safari: Capturing Africa with Pen, Lens, and Paintbrush," and his earlier book, "Africa: An Artist’s Safari."  
  • Francis Tapon has updated his planned route for traveling to each country in Africa since we recorded our interview with him in late December. The website is where he posts progress reports about his trip.
  • Scroll down the home page on Francis Tapon's website to locate his 18-minute TED talk called "How and Why Travel Transforms You."
  • Francis Tapon's book about his three years exploring the eastern half of Europe is called "The Hidden Europe: What Eastern Europeans Can Teach Us"
  • Near the end of this weeks show, Rick reads an e-mail from listener Mihai, who has been taking his family of 6 on a round-the-world excursion since October 2011. Mihai updates their adventures on blogspot.