Young elephants at the Amboseli game reserve, Kenya. The year 2012 was the annus horriblis (year of horrors) for elephants, according to the International Fund for Animal Welfare. Around 34 tonnes of poached ivory was seized - the biggest ever total of confiscated ivory in a single year, a rise of almost 40% in 2011 that had a record of 24.3 tonnes. - Refuse to buy ivory, boycott the circus, encourage zoos to provide natural habitat!
One thing I did not want to do was simply document my animals, so I chose not to shoot in color and not to show their environment. Rather, I choose to look closely and abstractly—to see my subjects for their inherent beauty, oddness, mystery- Henry Horenstein