I wanted to photograph a mountain gorilla head on with straight eye-to-eye contact. This is, after all, the ultimate of encounters and intuitively I suspected that a studied portrait could carry more emotion and be more timeless than a rushed action shot. An adult gorilla’s face is enormous and full of often-unexplored detail. This image plays to these themes – I just wish he did not hold me in quite such magnificent contempt. They are awesome animals and Rwanda’s recovery as a country is equally awesome. Maybe this picture will encourage some to visit.
- Large: 56 x 68″ or 142 x 173cm
- Standard: 37 x 45″ or 94 x 114cm
- Large: Edition of 12
- Standard: Edition of 12