The Cave | Archival Pigment Print | 2019 | 135 x 160 cm, ed. 12 SOLD OUT| 180 x 220 cm, ed. 12 SOLD OUT
I have spent over 200 hours in the sweltering heat of Ranthambore, India over the last few years looking for tigers in places offering the chance of a big photograph. It is exhausting work and can often yield nothing as the backgrounds tend to be fairly messy. Tigers are rare and clean images of tigers even rarer. Our biggest moment came in 2019 when we found “tiger 57” shading from the sun in a cave. I am in awe of the eyesight of my guide - Vipul Jain - I would never have spotted this big cat.
There was so much to be thankful for - the cave was not just accessible by jeep, it was also elevated, which allowed my lens to be just below the tiger’s eye. More importantly, the tiger’s face caught just enough light from the front of the cave for my camera settings to be generous and the background to be dark. If this handsome adult male tiger was a foot further back in the cave, there would have been no shot. I knew immediately that an opportunity had availed itself and I do remember staying very calm and focused.
This was taken in the same five-minute window as the front cover of my new book, but by including the important body stripes to the left of the head, it was the wrong shape for a cover. It is, however, a very powerful portrait.
David Yarrow was born in Scotland and is currently based in London. David Yarrow is known for travelling the world’s remotest regions to capture compelling images of nature as we‘ve never seen it before, and is redefining wildlife photography in the process.
His monochrome photographs are bursting with life, vitality and movement, yet the majority of Yarrow’s subject matter, from rampaging bull elephants in Kenya to Inuit hunters and Bornean orangutans, is living on the brink of extinction. This is nature at its most majestic – and its most fragile.
Yarrow’s unorthodox camera angles and unique shooting methods transport the viewer right into the heart of the action; with split-second timing, he crystallises a single instant of drama into an image so immersive that it cannot be viewed in just a few moments. These are photographs to linger over.