Amboseli, Kenya 2014
On assignment in Africa, it is important to react to circumstances as one finds them, rather than to have a premeditated image in mind. In February 2014 the rainy season had arrived early, and whilst this created the challenge of deeper grass, I immediately noticed that Kilimanjaro had a far more conspicuous snow covering than normal. This struck me as a great opportunity, especially since the peak is often clear of clouds at that time of year.
The compositional balance of this picture would not have been attainable with my remote controls – too much is left to chance with that practice. But I needed to get very close and to be looking from the ground up at an elephant, with the iconic mountain somewhere in the background. The trick was to position the jeep ahead of an approaching herd and crawl under it to protect myself from any elephant that felt we were being invasive. I could then try to find the composition with my camera in my hand by reacting to the path of the bull elephant relative to the peak of Kilimanjaro.
The result was spectacular – it is a once in a lifetime image and I am so pleased that the magnificence of his ivory tusks is not in any way compromised by the rest of the detail in this fortuitous, but well-earned photograph.
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