Dinokeng, South Africa 2015
This picture now flashes up every hour in Times Square, NYC. It is the size of a giant billboard and its presence in the heart of Manhattan is an affirming moment on my photographic journey. I started taking pictures 34 years ago, so perhaps it was about time that I had this kind of exposure. What is certain, is that there is no going back now. I will do this for the rest
of my life and my desire to excel and get better has never been firmer.
The lion is not just an adored and iconic animal, it is an animal which needs human support to survive – if anyone had reason to question this, the killing of Cecil – the lion in Zimbabwe and the storm that followed should hopefully play on their conscious.
I remember vividly the first time my children saw a wild lion – their faces were more excited than when they first saw a stocking at the end of their bed on Christmas Day. It was nature’s gift to them and we must all now make sure that our children have the opportunity to offer this same gift to their children. If they are unable to do this what a shocking legacy of our generation’s rent of this planet. The clock ticks and we’re all accountable.
I am proud of this image – I am not really sure how it could be much better, but I will be even more proud if this and other images I have taken of lions help create awareness of the conservation work of great men like Kevin Richardson in South Africa.
David Yarrow has built an unrivalled reputation for capturing the beauty of the planet’s remote landscapes, cultures and endangered animals. Born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1966, he is now one of the world’s leading fine art photographers. At the Sotheby’s photography auction in London, May 2017, David’s iconic picture –Mankind –was sold for £60,000 –the highest price of the 100 lots on auction. He is represented by some of the world’s leading galleries and in America David has shown at the renowned Perot Museum in Dallas and his work is permanently on show at the new Museum of Natural History in Missouri. David’s images are among some of the most sought-after pieces of work within the industry. David has a global book deal with Rizzoli publishing house inNew York and produced a flagship book named ‘Wild Encounters’ featuring work from seven continents, capturing some of the earth’s most endangered species. He is honored that HRH the Duke of Cambridge wrote the foreword to the book which was released in October 2016 and all author royalties from the book will go to Tusk Trust. Amazon awarded it “The Best Art and Photography book of 2016”. Alongside Rizzoli, David launched the book in a series of events across the world in the last quarter of 2016, including exhibitions at Fotografiska in Stockholm, Leonhard’s Gallery in Antwerp, Holden Luntz in Palm Beach and at London’s Somerset House. In April 2017 at the annual Tusk Gala in NYC, David’s images raised $175,000 at auction, including two lots which sold for $50,000 each, very much cementing his status as one of the most coveted artists in his field.Read More