A lion (Panthera leo – Shona: shumba; Ndebele: isilwane) pauses for the moment in the early morning sun. Seemingly, this lion, and the pride accompanying it, were not too successful in the hunt during the night and they were still looking for potential. The pride moved into a near-by thicket where they laid up for the day. This male was under threat from an incursion by other males into its domain, so food was not the only thing on its mind. Males are more successful in reproduction when operating in coalitions of normally two, sometimes three males, but their careers are brief with pride tenure lasting as little as two years. Their prime age for tenure is between 5 and 9 years and those beyond that rarely contribute to the gene pool.
(Canon EOS 5D Mk III / EF100-400mm IL II USM; 1/400 sec; f/8; ISO 500; 349mm)
Picture ©2015 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography
The German born Helmet Newton acquired his passion for photography and his first camera as a youngster in Berlin, which city he was eventually force to flee due to his Jewish ancestry. He ended up in Singapore working for the Straits Times as a portrait photographer, but was interned by the British and sent to Australia. Here he obtained British citizenship and after the war, set up a studio in fashionable Flinders Lane in Melbourne, and established himself as a fashion photographer eventually going into partnership with Henry Talbot. Newton later went on to live in London and later Paris working for leading fashion magazines such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, by which time he was venturing into glamour, nude and sometimes erotic photography. He is attributed with this quotation:
“Some people’s photography is an art. Not mine. Art is a dirty word in photography. All this fine art crap is killing it already.”