An innovative photographer has lost seven & # 39; s cameras in his quest to & # 39; authentic & # 39; to take pictures of African animals – including cameras that were bitten by lions and used by elephants as a football.
Incredible photos, captured in the Maasai Mara in Kenya, show powerful elephants that see the camera lens suspiciously. a cheeky vervet monkey who is clearly shocked to find himself on the camera, and a noble lion running past while hunting for his next meal.
The captivating shots were made by Anup Shah, a nature photographer who camps deep in the African wilderness to collect his amazing portraits with his advanced remote camera.
A lion sneaks past Mr Shah's hidden camera. There are about two thousand lions left in Kenya, one of which Shah has captured on film, luckily from a remote position
Zebras and wildebeests rush past Shah's camera. He is about 50 feet away, safely in his car
Granted that he is not interested in the & # 39; at rest & # 39; clicks of animals, he has spent years perfecting a way of photographing with which he & # 39; emotion, depth and personality & # 39; of his subject. His lively images pushed viewers into close-up meetings with the residents of the Masai Mara – often after hours of difficult boredom, often for an animal that never appears.
Anup uses around 15 & # 39; outdoor studio & # 39; s & # 39; to set up his camera environments meticulously where the light is good and where he predicts that possible subjects will wander.
One of his favorite & # 39; studio & # 39; s & # 39; is a drinking place.
Cape buffalo fatigue to the intrigued camera, an adult weighs around 590 kg and could crush a person with little effort
An olive baboon examines the fascinating equipment of Mr. Shah. The monkey is called olive because of the green tint of its fur that is visible from a distance
& # 39; Sometimes there is nothing here, & # 39; he says.
& # 39; But when it is dry, I see that there are footprints here, so animals came here last night and there is a good chance they will come here today. & # 39;
He parked his truck about 50 meters away, ready to make every creature that comes to its deployment snap and wait – and wait.
A hippopotamus looks curiously at Shah's camera. The apparently calm animals can be dangerous. In August last year, two tourists were attacked and killed by hippos while taking photos of them
A male vervet monkey looks shocked to find himself on the camera after enjoying a quick scribble while the Maasai Mara landscape extends behind him
& # 39; The usual thing is that nothing happens & says the Chippenham-based photographer, who grew up in Kenya before moving to the UK to study mathematical economics.
& # 39; But if it works out well, it will be really good. & # 39;
Shah is interested in capturing something & # 39; natural, spontaneous and authentic & # 39; – something that will help a human viewer the & # 39; personality & # 39; from an animal.
& # 39; Almost every other nature photographer uses a telephoto lens, which makes for very flat, very similar photos. I use a wide angle that takes in the surroundings and the sky, and my camera is on the ground, providing a unique perspective and a sense of intimacy, & he continued.
A family of elephants pose for a family photo by the remote control camera, with three young calves
An incredible shot of elephants at the water hole. One of his cameras was used as a football by playful elephants
As Anup sees it in his successful images, & # 39; it is as if one animal in a group takes photos of another. & # 39;
Instead of taking a lot of photos and hoping for the best, Anup will only press his shutter sparingly.
& # 39; I'm looking for something very specific; images that make you feel something that is ancient; where it seems that nature is almost in your living room & # 39 ;, Shah explains.
Many of the animals look directly at the lens, despite Shah's best attempts to camouflage his gear.
& # 39; I can try to hide the camera, but they are smart, you can't fool them often, & # 39; Shah laughs.
I think this is my best side: an olive baboon is posing in front of the camera from a distance
A rush of wildebeest loads past the cleverly hidden external camera. Shah can wait for hours for every shot, waiting for the perfect image
& # 39; The adolescent lion cubs will try to bite it. The elephants sometimes play football with it. I have lost seven cameras over the years. & # 39;
Despite the cruelty of his subjects, Shah has never felt in danger.
& # 39; If anything happens to animals here, it is always due to human error – for example, someone getting out of the car – but it is always the animal being punished by being shot. I find that very unfair, so I am careful; it would be different on my conscience. & # 39;
A black-backed jackal inspects the camera remotely and gives a wonderful insight into the personality of the curious creature
Anup & # 39; s latest book about the animals of Maasai Mara, simply called The Mara, consists of remarkable black & white photos & is now for sale.
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