I was standing face to face with a lion, no cage, nothing between him and I but air, he heard the sound of my neighbors baby crying, and I got to see how fast the king of the jungle could move, I was instructed by the train or to put on music, I asked what should I put on, they said anything but The Rolling Stones, I cant even begin to un wrap that enigma, so I turned on a song I have loved my whole life, Moonlight Sonata from Beethoven. The lion walked back towards me forgetting the sound of the baby, now entranced by the song he stopped in front of me turned his head to look at the music and that’s when I took this. I brought the king of the jungle into my studio and I took this portrait on film on a Hasselblad 503cw.
Tyler Shields is photographer, film director, and writer, best known for his images of Hollywood celebrities. Known for his controversial and violent images, and frequently drawing criticism from animal rights activists and women’s groups, his photographs capture much of the most over-the-top, brutal aspects of contemporary celebrity culture.