Photography is usually about freezing a moment in time, but this image is so much more than that for me. It encapsulates an entire day I will never forget and a lesson: never give up and always remain patient yet determined.
In my experience with leopards, I have found that time spent with them almost always begins and ends in seconds, often too quickly for a photograph. We found this handsome male leopard fast asleep on the edge of this rock at 7:12 a.m. I could never have imagined that I would be sitting in virtually the same position until 7:21 p.m.! 12 hours with a leopard was a first for me and my guide, who has been guiding in the Serengeti for nearly two decades.
Over my years in the wild, I have realised that things don't often go as planned and that the shot of your dreams could be waiting for you around the next corner. I was en route to drop a friend for a flight when we stumbled upon this leopard. Thankfully, my friend agreed this was far too good of an opportunity and decided that missing his flight was a wise idea. We spent the entire day with almost no food and drank very little water to avoid bathroom breaks, which could have lost the photograph. Would I do it again? 1000 times over!
Small -18"x29.52" Edition of 8. (Archival Pigment Print)
Medium - 28"x45.92" Edition of 8. (Archival Pigment Print)
Classic - 38"x62.32" Edition of 6. (Silver Gelatin Print)
Large - 48"x78.73" Edition of 6. (Silver Gelatin Print)
Platinum Palladium print available in a custom size up to 40"x60" as an edition of 1.