As Dawn rises over the Ewaso Nyiro river, it was a first sleepless night in a strange bed, hyena crying and the roar of a distant storm or lion I was unsure.The Elephant adventure had finally begun. 8 days of getting up close to the lands largest mammal. Nothing really prepares you for how big and graceful these animals truly are. My goal was to capture portraits of these elephants in the context of their surrounds. Capturing imagery you wanted to step into. When it finally would be printed and hung on walls I wanted people to feel like they were there, and could look into the elephants eyes and have a connection. Our journey had led us to Samburu Region of Kenya, at the end of the dry season which meant there would be a large herd gathering at the river banks. We had word there were around 100 elephants present with a number of young calfs. They did not disappoint. My guide Andrew was amazing, careful, respectful of the animals privacy and my safety. More on him in another post. For now I wanted to start the news post to say I had returned and whilst not chronologically correct, I would over the coming months update this news page with items of interest and relevance to the project. The first part of the trip was complete. I had achieved my goal of 5-6 images from the region depicting the elephants in their habitat, close enough to touch, but wild enough for the viewer to realise this was the real Africa, and I had captured a moment in this creatures life. Never to be repeated, always present forever in print. What now will happen to the prints depends upon my efforts to postiion and sell the art work. 25% of the proceeds will return to the region and the Samburu tribe. More on this in the future.
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