"BOTSWANA AND NAMIBIA 2023": PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN LIPKOWITZ
SEPTEMBER 1 - OCTOBER 1, 2023
RECEPTION WITH THE ARTIST: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2023, 3 - 6
John Lipkowitz is a Great Barrington, MA photographer who loves traveling to exotic and not so exotic places around the world. Asked to describe his photography, he currently refers to himself as opportunistic and experiential, always seeking to capture some of the essence of the people, places and things he encounters in that particular moment. Wildlife, people, grand landscapes, ordinary objects – each he attempts to see and capture with a very personal eye, whether from big lens or iPhone or anything in between.
These images are from his recent trip to Botswana and Namibia with wife Nina. Although this was their sixth trip to sub-Sahara Africa, it was a most special celebration of their respective 80th and 75th birthdays. Nina’s 75th was celebrated in Namibia and John’s following on the week after their return. The private safari with their own guide who planned all the stops and the logistics in between, took them to three camps in Botswana and three in Namibia, each with its individual personality, habitat and experience. Returning to Botswana for the fourth time, its animals didn’t disappoint, especially their numerous leopard encounters. Namibia, best known for the world’s oldest desert and largest sand dunes, allowed them to experience the Namib Desert’s multiple personalities, mountains, valleys, red rock Martian landscapes and those dunes themselves, as well as the limited desert adapted wildlife somehow managing life among the harshness.