Big Cat Musings

by Tim Rogers June. 09, 2016 1861 views

One of the things I love about this habit of mine is the questions it makes you ask. I don't mean the big philosophical questions about who you are, where you are going and what you want out of your one crack at existence. It's the ones about what you want to capture at the other end of the lens. How do you want people to react to the image? How do you want to portray the subject, whether it's human, animal or thing? Ever since I started thinking a little more critically about what I try to do, I think I really improved. I don't consider myself a photographer or…and some people use this title…visual storyteller (groan) but I do want to take good shots and I want a reaction. Ideally the reaction is silence, a jaw lower than it normally is followed by the words “oh my”

That brings us to these three guys. I love photographing animals and I yearn to do it out in the wild on a daily basis. Unlike capturing a human you can't direct an animal to emote the way you want. You just have to wait, hope and see what happens. Sometimes you have to take the photo and then decide what the animal is giving you. In the case of the lion…he's a lion! To me he is regal, majestic and powerful. He has an air of superiority about him, but not arrogance. A calm knowledge that he is the king of the animals and me and all the others that view him are mere dust beneath his immense and deadly paws. His facade is kind of dismissive to those around. The white tiger carries a similar presence but with a little more menace. To me he reminds me of an assassin; deadly and excited by the thrill of the job. I'd imagine if human he'd be a killer for hire. The more classically marked tiger has a different feel to him. Looking down the lens straight at me, I get more of a sense of sadness from him. Now that could be just a matter of timing. I did take this picture straight after the big cat showed his teeth as he yawned. The sense of awe of those incredible fangs was certainly preset at that moment. But a few seconds later here he seems a little forlorn. It's my favourite of the three. These are just my takes on the three. I could be way off the mark.

At the moment I'm contemplating another very left field move in my career. I might be off on another adventure. As it roles through my brain I wonder if it shows. I wonder if people look at me and wonder “what's that big grumpy looking guy thinking about”? I wonder if people can read me…or try to read me the way I've tried to read these big cats.

I wonder a lot

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Phyllis 5 years, 1 month ago

fantastic shots!!

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John Parsons 5 years, 1 month ago

Handsome beasts and very deep thoughts!

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Sara G 5 years, 1 month ago

Yes, each of these beauties have a different look and perspective they project.
Gorgeous each one..dangerous each one. Love your shots..and you are a great storyteller, writer. We all show our personality through our photos and comments :-)

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Marilyn Grimble 5 years, 1 month ago

I love white tigers!

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Gillian Parsons 5 years, 1 month ago

That last one is fabulous

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Mike Meliska 5 years, 1 month ago

Great photos...

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