In 2018 India begins its tiger census with expectations of a count of only 3000 tigers. In comparison, the Indian population as at 2018 is estimated at 1.35 billion people. The population of India is growing so fast that it is expected to overtake that of China in the next 5 to 10 years.
I visited India in 2018, with the explicit goal of seeing Bengal tigers in the wild. India is the only place in the world where Bengal tigers can be seen in their natural habitat.
As a wildlife photographer, I am always interested in rare and exotic wildlife. I wanted to see the tigers for myself. I had read about the many challenges that these beautiful creatures face, including hunting and climate change. I was however, not prepared for the confronting issue of loss of habitat and the impact that human over-population has had, and continues to have, on these animals.
These tiger portraits were all taken in the Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan but could just have well have been taken in any of the national parks of India. The images in this portfolio, as they are, are not yet complete.
It is my hope that my completed images will in some way make society more aware of the human impact of over-population and the eventual disappearance of these magnificent animals.