As a trained biologist and conservationist I am driven to capture images that depict our relationship with, and impact on, the natural world. Fewer animals more iconically represent this than rhinos. Rhinos were once abundant throughout Africa and Asia, but in recent years have been poached to the brink of extinction. The white rhino is the largest of the five surviving rhino species and one of the world’s biggest land animals, second only to the African and Asian elephant in size.
White rhinos, unlike their African cousins the black rhinos, form complex social structures, but in all my time shooting rhinos I had never seen a group the size of this one gathered under a tree situated on the plains of Laikipia. Although it was late in the morning, the light had a golden, diffuse quality to it, allowing me to produce an exposure with a good tonal range and a strong composition that incorporated the tree and the unmistakeable outline of Mount Kenya in the distance.
Location: Solio, Laikipia, Kenya
Photograph Date: 2015
Medium: Chromogenic Print