Robin Moore had the good fortune to realize his passions for science and art at a young age. However he was torn between them and chose the path of science. It wasn’t until later on that he realized he could combine his love for biology and art by using photography as his voice. As an International League of Conservation Photographers fellow, he finds that the camera is a very powerful tool to get his message of amphibian conservation across, saying “It’s very hard to get a science message out there sometimes, if you don’t know the language to speak to the audience. I think visual storytelling and photography has a massive role to play to communicate these ideas and concepts, and engage people.”
Zebras In A Huddle, Masai Mara National Park, Kenya, 2010
In the Masai Mara of Kenya, where big skies loom over vast expanses of savannah as far as the eye can see, one of the biggest challenges is to isolate interesting subjects. I am always, therefore, on the lookout for interesting details and patterns. Few animals offer such striking patterns to depict than zebras. I visited the Masai Mara during the annual migration of zebras and wildebeest, armed with a pre-visualized image of the bold pattern of zebras filling the frame as if extending indefinitely.
I sought out this gathering of zebras, and used a long lens to condense the scene and exclude everything but the bold repeating patterns of the zebras and a small patch of the grass that their design mirrors. I chose to represent the scene in black and white to make the pattern and composition the focus without any distraction of color. This is one shot that I had pre-visualized before heading out to shoot in the Masai Mara, and so I purposefully sought out a gathering of zebras.
Location: Masai Mara National Park, Kenya
Photograph Date: 2010
Medium: Chromogenic Print