When I photograph wildlife, I don’t hide from them. I want them to see me. I have a motto when it comes to photography – I want to receive the shot. I don’t want to take it. I don’t want to be an observer, but a participant. My goal when I photograph animals is to capture their inner spirit, their energy. I want to acknowledge and celebrate a creature that has successful carved itself a niche in the tree of evolution. I want to connect with them in the same manner that a student looks up to his teacher. There is so much for me, for us, to learn from them. In that moment there is isn’t me, the human, and it, the wild animal, rather there is Us. Two creatures sharing this space, breathing the same air, doing what we can to survive and protect the ones we care and love. So when I press the camera shutter, I want to look into their eyes and I want them to look into mine.