Peter Beard. I've been a fan for a long time. I recently saw a short interview on another blog with Lee Radziwill. She spoke of Peter. He is endlessly fascinating, (moreso, I propose, than Hemingway). You hear the phrase, a man's man. Well, I say that Mr. Beard is a woman's man.
Born with a silver spoon in his mouth, Peter attended Yale as a pre-med student, but quickly learned he wasn't interested in it. Photography, journaling and art were his passions and he pursued them to the nth degree. He was the darling of the jet set - Capote, Warhol, the Kennedy clan, Mick Jagger et al. He was once married to Cheryl Tiegs. But, his love and passion was for Africa and her animals. He met Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen) and bought land next to hers. Though wealthy, he railed against Western capitalism and its effects on Africa.
Whether being trampled by an elephant, posing with crocodiles, painting with his own blood, or photographing the world, Beard has lived life to the fullest - more than most I suppose.