“I have photographed Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda with varying success over the last ten years – I think our hit rate is around 20% – meaning only one out of every five treks up Volcanoes National Park has yielded anything. I think that’s about right – it’s not easy at 10,000 feet in the rainforest, and the best of my work now hangs in the Ellen DeGeneres Campus of the Dian Fossey Fund in Kinigi, Rwanda. I am glad they don’t display my average pictures, of which there are many.

I recently had the chance to work on a fundraiser with another great American conservationist – Ramona Bass – a legendary figure in Fort Worth – who has offered a sanctuary for displaced Western Lowland Gorillas for many years. The male adult Lowland gorillas have less hair than mountain gorillas and, as a result, look more human. The most famous of these under Ramona’s care is a 33-year-old silverback called Elmo, who can be photographed from a distance at certain times of the day.

He is a handsome boy that carries a look of authority. I wanted a head-on stare, and if the light could catch the eyes, then so much the better.”


Medium: Archival Pigment Print
LARGE: Edition of 12 + 3 AP
  • Image Size: 56” x 84” in (142.24 cm x 213.4 cm)
  • Framed Image: 71” x 99” in (180.34 cm x 251.5 cm)
STANDARD: Edition of 12 + 3  AP
  • Image Size: 37” x 56” in (93.98 cm x 142.2 cm)
  • Framed Image: 52” x 71” (132.08 cm x 180.3 cm)

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