Eye contact

With regularity I get the question: How is it that animals look at you like that? How do you get them to look into the lens?

Until I first got the question, I never really noticed that I make a lot of such photos. I never noticed that others don’t make photos like that. What am I doing? Well, nothing. I watch and wait and wait and wait and snap when I see something that appeals to me. Emotion in any form. Eye contact is emotion. The result is often a penetrating photo. Is my goal to make a penetrating photo? Not really, I want to capture the moment, the emotion, the contact. Why do those animals look at me? No idea. I don’t do anything to attract attention. Maybe that makes me different. I’m often surrounded by people who do all sorts of strange things to attract attention. Of course they the don’t respond to that. They see that 24/7. Maybe the fact that I am sitting / standing still with the camera in front of my face is what looks different.

Of course it can also be that they think: Who is that weirdo with that camera in front of her face 🙂

Anyway, a collection of photos from recent years with animals looking straight into the lens.


Sumatraanse tijger - Sumatran tiger

Sumatraanse tijger – Sumatran tiger (Burgers Zoo)



Sneeuwuil - Snowy owl

Sneeuwuil – Snowy owl (ZOOM Erlebniswelt Gelsenkirchen)



Witte leeuw - White lion

Witte leeuw – White lion (Ouwehands dierenpark)




Impala (Noorder dierenpark)




Mike (Dierenpark Amersfoort)



Javaanse langoerJavan lutung

Javaanse langoer – Javan lutung (Apenheul)



Bruine beerrown bear

Bruine beer – Brown bear (Ouwehands dierenpark)



Goudkop leeuwaapje - Golden-headed lion tamarin

Goudkop leeuwaapje – Golden-headed lion tamarin (Apenheul)



Colombiaanse slingerapen – Spider monkey (Apenheul)



Ringstaartmaki - Ring-tailed lemur

Ringstaartmaki – Ring-tailed lemur (Wildlands)



Siberische tijger - Siberian tiger

Siberische tijger – Siberian tiger (Allwetterzoo Münster)


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