African Tails

Namib Desert, Namibia 2017


This cinematic image from the desert wilderness of Namibia works for me. The
model – Erica Lawrence – has an extraordinarily strong personality to match her
extraordinary legs and she commands the scene – quite a trick with a female
cheetah sitting right next to her. They stare in parallel and this seems crucial to
the integrity of the shot. It is up to the viewer to decide what is holding their
gaze. But they are both clearly focused on the job in hand. Erica loves her hats
and we never thought to ask her to take it off.
It was my intention to shoot on this dune at first light and this meant a very
early start for us all. This was an extremely remote location and I knew that the
sand would be pristine and sculpted relentlessly by desert wind. It was

important not to leave any foot prints leading up to the image – no easy task
with a cheetah that very much has a mind of her own. The sooner we had an
image in the can the better, as the sand would quickly show more and more
signs of our presence that morning.
We were wrapped by 7 am – a good result. It’s debatable whether there is much
point shooting after 7:15 am in the desert – the sun gets high and strong all too

Digital Pigment Print on Archival
315gsm Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Baryta Paper
Frame included
Hand signed and numbered on the front by the artist
Includes a Certificate of Authenticity


Available Sizes (Framed Size)
Large: 71” x 97” (180 cm x 246 cm)
Standard: 52” x 69” (132 cm x 175 cm)

Available Editions
Large: Edition of 12
Standard: Edition of 12

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