Black Panther, Archival Pigment Print, 2018, 132 x 168 cm ed. 12 + 3 AP I ed. 12, 180 x 236 cm
Black Panther broke many box office records on its opening weekend ($207m) and he is now a new cult superhero. I wanted to try to take a picture of a panther that did the animal and the superhero justice. The preconception was that the key feature had to be the eyes and that we also needed a ground up perspective. That does tend to be my approach, but it meant remote controls, predictive analysis and considerable distance between me and my camera.
Time after time we failed dismally - it is such a low percentage shot. The light was also low and my depth of field marginal. We took many shots and in the end, we came home with just one. But that is all we will need. Black Panther indeed.
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.