Photos I Wish I Had Taken

Photos I Wish I Had Taken: Morkel Erasmus

Photo: Eyes on the Prize by Morkel Erasmus

Photo: Eyes on the Prize by Morkel Erasmus

Photographers are always trying to capture a unique perspective when they shoot, and I think you have to agree that wildlife photographer, Morkel Erasmus, has done so in spades with his image “Eyes on the Prize” taken in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in South Africa.

The storytelling is fantastic: the lion watches the young eland intensely; the eland is unaware. (Which doesn’t bode well for the eland unfortunately). What will happen next? The viewer is placed in an emotionally charged limbo that’s wonderful.

The composition amplifies the impact of the photo by using the eland’s legs as the gateway to the lion. With the eland out of focus, the viewer sees it, then is drawn to the clarity of the danger that lurks nearby. The moment is made all the more insidious by the juxtaposition of the immense drama that’s suggested by the situation and the lighting which is soft and subdued.

The story doesn’t end here however, the sighting was only getting started. There’s a lot more involving multiple lions, a handsome male and the not-so-lucky eland. Morkel’s blog post about this eventful morning does a great job of providing the reader with the play-by-play.

I highly recommend you check it out if you have time.


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