this one is taken from the archives. When I set out to do this I wanted to do it justice, I have seen animal portraits done before, some of the best i’ve seen are from Nick Brandt who shoots digitally, also Heinrich van den Berg. At the zoo, I used a spot meter so that the background which was pretty dark to begin with would be as washed out as possible, allowing the resulting image to be very contrasty and moody. Developing the film in ilfotec was the nail in the perverbial coffin in achieving this look as well.
No wildlife were harmed during the making of this shoot.
hasselblad 500cm 150mm f4 CF | Ilford HP5 Plus black and white film developed in ilfotec.