First Light

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    Maasai Mara Kenya 2011
    An edition of 25 in all sizes

    Nyakoni is a son of a Maasai Mara icon named Olive, a popular leopard and one of the stars of television's Big Cat Diary. There was a canopy above and the dappled light leaks danced all around he moved underneath. At the time of capture I had not noticed the leak of light across his eyes.

    First Light started out in colour until a desire to render a leopard picture successfully in black and white. Those who have seen these big cats in real life would probably acknowledge that leopards in black and white would unlikely succeed given their coat of colour, and I was one of them. Bob Carlos-Clarke was a photographer active in the 1980s and renowned for his darkroom technique of toning prints with selenium on fibre based paper (something I also experimented with at the time). Those plum tones he achieved in the darkroom was the inspiration for the final treatment of this picture.

    This frame is the most aesthetically pleasing of a sequence of three, it's not cropped or edited except for a little dodge and burn and the black and white treatment. So it remains true to life just as the camera saw it, save for the Carlos-Clarke inspiration.

    Limited Edition prints

    Signed and numbered prints are limited in their availability and each edition comprises all their available print sizes. Each is hand numbered and signed in pencil just beneath the image area.


    Measurements given are for the longest side of the printed image area. Each print is made with a wide paper border all around. For sizes larger than those listed, please enquire.


    Pricing is for print only. Framed prints are not currently available online but will be offered at a future date. For framing enquiries please contact us.


    All prints are printed on Hahnemühle Photo Rag using long life quality inks to ensure light fast durability. The giclée method gives a clean end result with no discernible dots or print pattern.

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