The meeting of the eyes, the sharing of the energy were all good until the tigress took her second step towards me which reduced the distance between us to less than 35 feet. Full-grown tigers are known to traverse more than 35 feet in a single leap, and I had mentally made a calculation that I was a leap away from her. I was frozen & transfixed as I had no Plan B or alternate, and I was supine on the dirt with the camera as my only support in hand.
When you spend as much time behind a camera as I have been fortunate to, you become one with your surroundings and your prey, and sometimes the roles reverse. My animals and I have always learned to breathe the same way and hear the same sounds, and this is why I always have the good faith belief that no Wild animal would ever attack a harmless human.
I was lucky she changed her focus and took a different direction.
Returning back to our New York gallery after such a fantastic wildlife expedition, we are excited to share these photos of the beautiful tigress. Limited Edition prints are available for purchase.