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Hippopotamus amphibius
Found across most regions of sub-Saharan Africa.

Why I made this image

When you think of a hippo, you generally imagine a large, grey blob. But watching this individual bob its head in and out of the water, I began to perceive something more: Notice the stark contours, the well defined, angular eye-sockets and the rough texture of the skin at the back of the head. There’s more to hippos than meets the mind-less eye, much as anything ordinary becomes extraordinary when we take time to observe consciously and without prejudiced thought.

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Complimentary Artworks

The following images have been selected by the photographer as complimentary, either in colour, tone, compositional aesthetics or atmospheric style, when hung together or in close proximity.