African Encounters

This photography project attempts to capture the intensity and naive simplicity transmitted through a look between humans and wildlife. Captive of a short unforgettable instant, sincere equilibrium is reached through this exchange that will require no further explanation.

In my view, some states go beyond our understanding, this one is one of them.
Is it because the gift of speech has not been granted to the animals that they will reciprocate with such intense looks? This project aims to transcend the easy pictures of spectacular animals.

Therefore, we will focus on the inner beauty of these animals, updated through intimate close-ups as well as some unique morphological details. To accomplish these images, it was mandatory that they be aware of my presence and accept it.

The process therefore required a set of elegant approaches prudent and peaceful, only to be rewarded with these pictures. The exceptional skills of my guide, Tosha and his tracker were the key elements in the success of this South African adventure.

Slowly, we reached close enough to capture those moments. Slowly, we created the necessary privacy, so that the eye contact became an inward door.
We ventured very close to our subjects, sometimes too close.

Lux 2015 • Unpublished Portrait — Grand Prize
International Color Awards 2015 • Wildlife — Winner
Applied Arts 2015 • Nature Landscapes — Winner
Communication Arts 2015 • Unpublished — Award Of Excellence