One of my favourite sayings when I was on the safari. It’s not close enough if I can’t see their eyes! That was true of any animal or bird I was looking to photograph. It’s also true of people as well.
There are exceptions of course. Some of the people pictures I take are definitely not ones where you can see their eyes, but, that’s a different story!
Why the eyes? Henry David Thoreau said, “The eye is the jewel of the body”. I’m not going to be arrogant enough to say I look into someone’s eyes and can see their soul, or even know what is exactly on their mind. I can however tell you that when I truly connect with someone it is because of our eye contact.
With animals, we want to attach human emotions in everything they do. I’m not going to get into a philosophical debate about what they think or feel. My vantage point leads me to believe that there is something there that we might not fully understand. It’s hard to think that the lioness isn’t fiercely protective of her cubs.
Another interesting observation we’ve made, actually, I need to credit Donna with this observation. It’s amazing just how close the proximity between the animals on the different levels of the food chain co-exist. So everyone’s lives in harmony with each other, until dinner time!
Back to the eyes, lets have fun with this. We need captions based on the eyes. What is the animal saying?