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Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda 2011

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.

Available sizes (Framed size)

Large: 71" x 83" (180 cm x 211 cm)
Standard: 52" x 60″ (132 cm x 152 cm)

Available editions

Large: Edition of 12
Standard: Edition of 12