Eye to Eye Across a Barrier (1997)
Black & white photograph (Giclée) by Michael Whitaker


  • Black & white photograph (Giclée), Paper
  • From a limited edition of 100
  • Size: 13 × 19 × 0.02 in (unframed) / 11.93 × 18.13 in (actual image size)
  • This artwork is sold unframed
  • Signed and numbered on the back

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Michael Whitaker

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Artist's description:

This is a July 1997 photograph of a rhinoceros at Zoo Praha in Prague (Praha), Czech Republic, that is part of a series entitled "Behind the Scenes at Zoo Praha." While it may appear the rhino and I were standing "eye to eye," there actually was an impassible barrier between the rhino and me. The tripping of the shutter of my camera definitely caught the attention of the rhino and, as it continued to stare at me, the barrier between us seemed less and less impassible. Thus, after a few frames, I decided I had intruded within the rhino's space far too long. Being in such close proximity with this rhino provided empirical evidence of the sheer mass and power of this species.

Materials used:

This photograph was created from a Kodak Tri-X negative scanned with a Nikon Super Coolscan 8000 ED and processed via Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop before being printed as a giclee on archival 100% cotton rag fine art paper.

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