“When I was a little kid I remember being glued to the screen when watching wildlife documentaries on National Geographic. I’d even have dreams at night about wildlife and wild places. I remember one dream very fondly. I was running barefoot in the middle of a huge stretch of zebras while the big orange ball of fire was setting behind majestic curly trees. It was marvelous – the realest thing I had ever seen, even though if it was nothing more than a dream. When I woke up, I knew that one day, I’d be running there for real, on African soil, through a sun-covered Savannah, gallopping with those zebras. And then this October, 20 years after that dream I found myself In Central Africa, Congo, the land of Gold and Blood. On a mission to realize my vision.
Although a few days before my actual arrival, Olivier, our host told us, there would only be a very small chance to spot some animals in the real wilderness. There was a game reserve (not a zoo, the animals are actually wild and have a lot of space) pretty close to where we were staying he said, but I still wanted the real deal. He thought I was aware of the statistics. And I was… but I had no idea the situation was this bad. Unfortunately he was indeed more than right… 10 days of driving through incredible nature…Encounter with animals: One baboon.”
They had to take their creativity up a notch in order to pose with animals that were not there, so together with visual artist Sammy Slabbinck they photographed a miniature animal that later on got enlarged to a life-size format and put into the setting of Marina posing. In between the magic of the African world and the parts of a harsh reality the calendar was born, full of excellent nudes in the middle of wild steppe and roaring waterfalls.