There’s Always a Back Story

Expat Journal: Postcards from the Edge


His Majesty

1/250s @ f/6.3 ISO 320 @ 280mm (w/1.4x TC)

Photographers have their favorite photos and I’m no different. Obviously the photo has to have some artistic and technical merit, but often the bias comes more from the back story (the circumstances surrounding the capture). This is one of those photos for me, and although I’ve shared this image many times before (and even its back story) I will do so once again. I prefer shooting my critters in the wild, but I photographed this particular lion at the local zoo (Parque Zoológico del Centenario) in Mérida, Yucatan, Mexico (January 2014).

In the middle of 2012 shortly after arriving in Yucatan, Mexico Sylvia and Raul Ponce de Leon (founders and owners of The Yucatan Times newspaper) approached me. They wanted to know if I would be interested in being their staff photographer, a position I accepted and held for about a year…

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