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This is such a simple portrait of Elmo - a Western lowland Silverback gorilla. The photograph makes no claim to be anything else than a facial study. The flat lighting helps elevate the textural detail, and its simplicity is its strength. With less facial hair - especially on the forehead than a mountain gorilla and narrower bone structures-they look more like humans than their cousins from higher altitudes. They are very firmly on the anthropologist’s road map.

The photograph could be a painting by a Dutch master, and the gorilla himself reminds me of some people I know - mostly people in authority. There is a calm wisdom, a steely fortitude and a whiff of sovereignty. He is a Senator - a man representing his people.

Available sizes (Framed size)

Large: 71” x 99”
Standard: 52” x 71”

Available editions

Large: 12
Standard: 12