A photographer who has taken tens of thousands of photos of elephants has revealed some of the photos he is most proud of.
And they are absolutely overwhelming, as we reveal here – art photos of one of the most beloved creatures in the animal kingdom.
The photographer, Peter Delaney, told MailOnline Travel: ‘There is something magical and beautiful when you observe elephants. It touches your soul and pulls your heart. ‘
On March: A row of elephants stomp through the undergrowth in Namibia’s Etosha National Park
Peter told MailOnline Travel: “There is something magical and beautiful when you observe elephants.” He took this amazing photo in Etosha National Park and named it Elephant Ridge
Peter photographed this herd in Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa. He said, ‘Elephants, like humans, create bonds that last a lifetime – they are able to display emotions from love to anger’
This curious baby elephant was snapped by Peter in the Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa. He joked that he hoped the young calf would grow in his enormous ears
Peter called this image Bonds of Love and says it is one of his favorite photos ever. He explained, “Elephants are very protective of their young. In times of threat, the family closes the ranks and the youngsters are pushed to the middle. He captured the scene in Addo Elephant National Park
Watching elephants taking his photos, Peter says it “touches your soul and pulls your heart.” He snapped these two in Kenya’s Mara Triangle
Originally from Ireland, but now living in South Africa, Peter quit his job in the financial sector in London and Tokyo in 2001 – and decided to travel across Africa to take photos.
In 2007 he became a professional wildlife photographer, with Africa remaining a favorite subject, particularly the Eastern and Southern regions.
During his travels, he became fascinated with African elephants and fell in love with the majestic creatures. And over the years, he has amassed a tremendous amount of knowledge about their behavior.
The 49-year-old, who has been a three-time winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, explained: “Just like humans, elephants create bonds that last a lifetime. They are able to display emotions from love to anger.
Peter described this elephant as very serene when he photographed it in the Mara triangle
This elephant was snapped by Peter in Etosha National Park. He says his favorite places to photograph the creatures are Namibia and South Africa
Most of Peter’s shots are in black and white, which he believes elevates the image to a form of art. He photographed this elephant in Etosha National Park
Peter came across this elephant family in the Maradriehoek. He started traveling through Africa in 2001 to take pictures
Before moving to Africa and deciding to travel across the continent, Peter, who is originally from Ireland, worked in the financial sector in London and Tokyo. This beautiful photo was taken in the Mara Triangle
Peter said, ‘Black and white photography allows me to express my vision and creativity by creating visual depth by playing or adjusting the luminance values of light and shadows (the contrast) in a photo’
‘Elephants are very protective of their young. In times of threat, the family closes the ranks and the youngsters are pushed to the middle.
Loud calls will sound and ears will flutter as the flock gathers to protect the most vulnerable.
“This can be seen in one of my favorite elephant pictures called Bonds of Love.”
This incredible photo of seven trekking elephants was taken by Peter in Etosha National Park
To the left is a majestic elephant in Etosha National Park. To the right is another of Peter’s favorite images ever, which he called the Queen of the Mara. It is made in the Mara triangle
Peter said, “Elephant prints are prints that connect emotionally with me and the viewer.” He took this photo of a ‘contemplative’ elephant in Masai Mara, Kenya
Peter said, ‘In the digital darkroom, I can breathe life into a photo with my vision and tools only available in black and white editing’
An extreme close-up called Peter Big Foot. It was caught in Mapungubwe National Park in the north of South Africa
Many of Peter’s favorite elephant images from his enchanting portfolio are black and white photographs, which he believes elevate the image to a form of art.
Peter explained, ‘Black and white photography allows me to express my vision and creativity by creating visual depth by playing or adjusting the luminance values of light and shadows (the contrast) in a photo.
‘Cameras are tools that have no consciousness or feeling. In the digital darkroom, I can bring a photo to life with my vision and tools available only in black and white editing.
This incredible photo shows an elephant taking a dust bath in Etosha National Park. Then Peter plans to travel to Tanzania, when it is safe, to look for some of Africa’s beautiful large tusked elephants.
Peter took this beautiful photo when the sun was setting over Etosha National Park. It’s another one of his all-time favorite elephant pictures
‘Through this combination, the image is a step away from reality to the realm of art.’
Then Peter plans to travel to Tanzania, when it is safe to do so, to visit some of Africa’s beautiful large tusked elephants.
He added, “My favorite elephant prints are prints that connect emotionally to the viewer and me.”