Tina Claffey Photography

I returned to Ireland in 2009 having lived and worked in the country of Botswana, Southern Africa , for almost nine years.

I fell in love with all things African in 1999 when I worked as assistant on a fashion assignment on location in Kenya for the Irish magazine, the ‘Irish Wedding Diary’. On my return home, I began contacting the various voluntary agencies and just about everyone with African contacts with a view to getting back out there to relive the African experience.

Finally my dreams were realised, and I made contact with an Irish ornithologist in Botswana, southern Africa. Graham McCulloch was working towards a PhD at Trinity college and required his flamingo research to be documented photographically. He had received funding through Trinity College in Dublin to make this happen and on the 20 January 2000, I was on my way to the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Botswana.

My career in Botswana  evolved, and I had the privilige of working in the safari industry in some of the most remote safari camps, spending time with the many indigenous tribes of Botswana, and completely immersing myself in their culture.

My love for all that is Africa, and especially my second home in Botswana has resulted in a comprehensive  documentation of the environment, its inhabitants and the people that live there.

I have exhibited my images throughout Ireland and Botswana.




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