I have been photographing the elephants of Sumatra for over 6 years now and have learnt so much along the way when it comes to photographing this amazing yet critically endangered species. It is not simply about snapping off as many photos as you can but making sure you take the time to search for a frame that tells a story. Being patient and understanding an animals behavior and somewhat predicting an animals movement can help make sure you are in the right position to capture an image that tells a story and is not just a simple “snapshot” of an elephant.
I personally love this photo. While on a visit to donate time and money towards many programs in need of support in Sumatra, Michael of The LMI Group got the opportunity to bath with the elephants of Seblat in north Bengkulu, specifically the big boy Robi. The position of Robi arching his head back while Michael is giving a back rub and looking towards Robi is to me perfect timing and as if Micheal has just hit that sweet spot that Robi can’t reach. I really love the connection in this photo frame between Robi and Micheal and it is these kind of photos that really inspire me to seek out time and time again.