‘Sepia Dawn’ – Masai Mara, Kenya
Size: Standard: 48”x33” Large: 79”x52” (Framed)
Materials: Innova Etching 315 gsm cotton rag paper
When working on lion imagery we are often drawn to the larger, visually dominant male lions. Their manes, which begin growing around the age of 2, make for fantastic focal points and their status as ‘king of the jungle’ makes them perhaps more revered than their female counter parts.
If you are a wild animal though, living on the plains of Africa, you will hold a lioness in much greater esteem than a lion, for is is they that pose the greatest threat to your life.
Lioness’ have a tough gig, they hunt for the pride, they raise the next generation for the pride and must deal with the constant disputes between males ﬁghting for territories and breeding rights. Often this can lead to infanticide if a new male takes over a pride with young cubs in.
In the moments before this image was taken, the lioness had been mating with a male known as ‘Chongo’ (Swahili for ‘One Eye’), before spotting a group of wildebeest walking through the long grass.
She pursued them in vain, perhaps exhausted from her ‘honeymoon’, before collapsing in the long grass as the heat of the day approached.
As with all images in this collection, 10% of the proceeds from this image will be split between David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation and Saving The Wild, my two partnered charities. It is thanks to the eﬀorts of dedicated individuals and organisations like these that I, and many others, are able to still enjoy the incredible wildlife Africa has to oﬀer. It is imperative to me therefore, that my images are able to help them achieve their missions and amplify their message.