In late 2012, I was visiting my local zooand quickly realised they had two new tigers. They were quite young and bounding with energy at this stage. So I decided to spend some time with them, and this evolved into a major project that let to my year of the tigers exhibition in 2013. The exhibition celebrated their two new tigers which were of differing sub-species. Daseep, was a sumatran tiger with darker fur, a smaller build and more stripes along her flanks. Tschuna was apposite at the subspecies level, being an Amur tiger with pale fur, fewer stripes and larger build. The exhibition sought to show the differences in the subspecies as well as portray their power, majesty and beauty. Perhaps most importantly, the exhibition highlighted the peril tigers are facing in the wild, with dwindling numbers and few places where they can exist in peace remaining. It was a joy to see so many people interested in tigers and asking so many questions about their long term survival and how they can help. This alone made this particular experience worthwhile.
I hope you enjoy the images of the tigers as much as I enjoyed taking them. They were a pleasure to be around and I still try to visit them to this day. Tschuna has had her first litter of cubs, which can be seen in my journal and Daseep should hopefully be having cubs in the near future. Keep an eye on my journal, and social media sites (below) for updates relating to these two.
In May 2014, a spotlight was shone on Sumatra though a photographic exhibition at More London Riverside. Sumatra is the last place one can see elephants, tigers, rhinos and Orangutans in the wild.
The exhibition was organised by the Sumatran Orangutan Society who support in-field projects as well as campaigning on political issues that may affect these endangered species.
It was an honour to have my tiger photos displayed in such a grand location, and meet several key individuals that will impact on their survival.
Individuals such as the global ambassador for Sumatra, the 21st Century Tiger team and fellow wildlife photographers all have played their part in the conservation of key species in Sumatra, one of the very last truly wild places remaining on our planet.
A video of the opening day can be foundhere including a short interview.