I love zoos. Where else is anyone likely to come face to face with an Ocelot or witness the enchanting stare of the Tiger, well with the sad news of Lonesome George's death this week, it is perhaps a reminder that these species could soon only be witnessed behind glass.
When visiting zoos (and photographing mammals in general), I like to portray their character as accurately as possible in the photograph in an attempt to bring the viewer closer to the animal being seen. For me however, it is not the species often photographed at zoos such as Elephants and Lions that really capture my attention, but the shyer, more easily overlooked creatures such as the Ocelot. I spent a while with one of these animals in particular, often only glimpsing a tail (they were surprisingly difficult to track - even in the zoo!) or a leg but in the end, I was presented with those eyes staring right down my lens in full view.
Now I'm not a fan of primates. Their resemblance to humanity is too close for me to gain any sort of interest, but one sort of primates still manage to make their way onto my SD card, the Lemurs. Perhaps it is because they are some of the least monkey like primates, some of which look more like dogs than monkeys and my particular favourite are the ring-tailed lemurs. Being such social creatures, they are constantly active but I managed to located one resting so I fired away and hopefully I have managed to capture at least a fraction of their awesome personalities.
That's all for now - hopefully in a few weeks I'll be doing some more zoo work with species such as Snow Leopards. As always thanks for reading! :-)