Seeing Eye to Eye
October 15, 2010
A few years back I was guiding a safari for the TED conference, and helping teach the attendees about photography while giving lectures at night. We’d spend the days driving around the African wilds, photographing this and that, and all the while I was getting more comfortable with my surroundings. One day, while photographing some elephants that were a short way off, I decided the best vantage point was from the hood of our land rover.
Out of the bushes not 15 feet away, a huge elephant appears and wanders between our cars as if from thin air. I could hear the whispers of the clients, “BEN, get back in the car!” I wasn’t about to move. I had a second camera body with a wide angle on it, so I slowly raised the camera to get a shot right as the elephant approached me and stood staring me eye to eye for just a few seconds. Satisfied, it turned and made for the nicest bush to eat. I turned around and got back in the car.