“In photography there is a reality so subtle, that it becomes more real than reality.” – Ansel Adams
As guides we have the rare privilege of going out into pristine wilderness on a daily basis to observe some truly wonderful creatures. Some of us carry cameras to capture moments that we will carry with us forever. I am one of those guides and have become a big fan of close up pictures over the years. I feel that this kind of photograph draws your eye to something you may otherwise overlook completely, such as the length of whiskers, variety of colour in the eye or detail of the coat. There is less distraction in the picture and you start to notice the smaller things. The most powerful of these details has to be an animal’s eye in my opinion. Each and every one of them is different and when you look into the eye of an animal it holds your attention. Spending time with these animals, we’re privileged enough to start noticing the varying personalities and quirks of these individual animals and for me, the eye is one of the first windows into this.
Enjoy this collection of images, which attempt to take you a little deeper into the lives of these wonderful creatures and encourages you to look at wildlife photography from a slightly different angle.
A young female that lives to the east and south of camp. Easily recognised by her 2:2 spot pattern she is often to be found in Marula trees.
This leopard was the first cub of the Nottens female, and therefore inherited the royal blood of the original Mother Leopard.