African Safari Leader Photographs The Wild (PHOTOS)

11/12/2010 06:33 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Whoever says that pictures of animals shouldn't be considered "art" is clearly mistaken. My Modern Met exposes the work of Marius Coetzee, a professional safari expedition leader who has begun documenting his travels with a camera; the results are some documentary style images, as well as some beautiful, more abstract photographs that take his photography into a painterly realm. Check out the slideshow below to see the progression from abstract work to documentary style images.

If you've ever thought about taking a photographic African safari expedition, this post will convince you. Based in Durban, South Africa, Met member Marius Coetzee just shared with us his first-hand African wildlife photos. As a professional safari expedition leader for almost 11 years, he's traveled to some of Africa's wildest and most scenic national parks and reserves. Interestingly, Coetzee is also an award-winning wildlife photographer. As he tell us, "I started photography almost 4 years ago to record what I see and it just took off from there!"

(From: My Modern Met)

Safari slideshow