The Lady Daphne is ideal for weekend or week-long photographic safaris. The English coast is a stunning location for photographic adventure. Wildfowl, remote locations, maritime activities and the ever-dramatic backdrop of sea and sky provide limitless opportunities for amateur and professional photographers. A Thames Sailing Barge is the ideal platform for photographers exploring the coast. The Lady Daphne is a lively source of photographic material in her own right as well as the vehicle for poking into creeks, estuaries and shallow waters.
On Photographic Safaris the Lady Daphne is re-configured to suit the needs of photographers. A dark room is fitted out and available during the voyage for instant black and white results. Accommodation is basic, sleeping up to 12 on the barge although longer picture trips probably work best with six to eight. Sleeping on board provides further opportunities for sunrise and sunset shoots. The barge will spend most days seeking out remote wildlife locations and spend most mornings and evenings lying off a coastal harbour. A special treat is participating in a barge match when available. A match provides a fantastic occasion when traditional craft of all types afford excellent racing action shots. Catering is flexible - the crew and Den can provide basic meals, meals ashore are easily arranged.
Den Phillips of Den Phillips Photos is the Chief Photographer on Photographic Safaris, guiding the experienced and educating the beginner. Den lives on Osea Island and specialises in photographing traditional and classic boats on the East Coast, Thames Barges, classic yachts, fishing smacks and old gaffers. She has published twelve commercially successful calendars of her work which contain her renowned black and white photographs of traditional sailing craft at work and play. She exhibits locally and in London as well as being published in books, magazines and newspapers. Den has been instructing in photography for over ten years.
James Kent is the Skipper during Photographic Safaris, responsible for the boat, her crew and the safety of all the passengers. James and Den have been working and racing together for many years. James comes from a long line of East Coast sailors. He is an excellent guide with a deep knowledge of the special locations hidden in the Kent, Essex and Suffolk coasts.