Ghostly Cheetah by Britta Jaschinski, 2010 European Wildlife Photographer of the Year

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“Ghostly Cheetah” by Britta Jaschinski, winner of the 2010 European Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition

“I arrived in Ndutu only days after a huge bush fire had ripped through the area, burning down a vast number of majestic acacia trees. You could smell ash and cinders in the air. The destructive power of these fires is immense. I found many empty, whitened tortoise shells and saw disorientated impala and dik-dik wandering around with nowhere to hide. And then, a cheetah appeared on the blackened soil. This fire must have been a windfall for large cats — their prey was confused and out in the open. But the cheetah looked unsettled, alienated and lost — almost ghostly. I took the photo and then watched as he melted into the background.”

—Britta Jaschinski
This is just one in a remarkable series of photos made by Jaschinski using her 25-year old analog camera and black-and-white film. See and read more in Lens Culture.

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