18 month old Etosha, the male brown lion. Taken at Lion Encounter Reserve, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Etosha is part of a breeding program which is helping to keep brown lions away from extinction. The 5 stage program, run by ALERT â€“ African Lion & Environmental Research Trust (www.lionalert.org) breeds and raises cubs in captivity, gradually integrating them back into the wild as they grow up.
Etosha has since been released back into the wild, and is now monitored at a distance by ALERT staff, to check on his progress.
At the start of January 2009, Etosha and his brother, Echo had both successfully hunted and killed in the wild. The program achieved a success with these 2 lions.
My work often takes two avenues of theme: a darker, sometimes scary world of unseen nightmares, and a nostalgic playground of warm memories, much safer and happier than the former.
I have always looked further than traditional methods of photography. Digital manipulation has allowed me to communicate and share my view of the world. I have a need to lace my work with elements of obscure visions and deliver a piece the viewer can connect with on multiple levels.
Andrew Paranavitana is an independent photographic artist. His driving passion for photography began in 1994. Andrew’s vision today is to capture the world as we know it, and present it in a way that we may not.
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