Weathered Face and Ancient Eyes

Ancient Eyes

Newly available wildlife photograph

This large bull elephant was featured in one of my open edition photographs, now here he is in a limited edition photograph. His textured, scarred skin and worn tusks offer a feeling of a creature who has witnessed a lot of things in his life. When interacting with elephants, I've always felt that are very intelligent. Though large enough to easily cause damage to my vehicle, he took a few moments to look me in the eye, ascertain that I wasn't a threat to him, and calmly went back to eating. 

It was morning in Kruger National Park, South Africa when I came across this gentleman. The sun was starting to get high in the sky but was still directional enough to highlight the amazing texture of his skin but harsh enough to create the deep shadows that provide contrast with the lit portions of his face.