Spicies: Plains zebra (Equus quagga) 

Location: South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

The phrase “picture perfect” was surely invented for moments just like this one. A delightfully cute zebra foal with perfect features caught from just the right angle and in a pose that almost seems as if it was planned. For the most part, wildlife photography is about capturing nature in its rawest form and providing the viewer with a glimpse into a world they would otherwise struggle to access. Yet, that’s far from its only purpose. It can be used to shock, educate and entertain in equal measure. When it comes to images such as this one, it can even have the feeling of a painting or piece of digital art. This young zebra has an almost cartoonish character about it. That’s not to say it’s in any way childish or less artistic than other prints in the Out Of The Grey collection, but instead that it’s a great example of the many faces of the natural world. Wild animals usually don’t conform to our ideals of them - yet sometimes they do.

On a visual level, this image is soft and agreeable. It’s easy on the eye and combines well with various modes of design and colour palettes. The young zebra’s unblemished black and white coat is a bold statement that evolved to ward off flies rather than provide camouflage. Where most herbivorous mammals blend into the background, the zebra remains as vibrant as ever. Like the foal itself, this print exudes vitality. It uplifts the space it is placed in and offers viewers a temporary escape to a place of innocence and joy. Oh, to be young again. Unspoiled by the harsh realities of life, be it on the plains of Africa or the megacities we humans call home. If you’d like a slice of this in your home or office, a high-quality print of “Zebrette” isn’t a bad place to start.

Thanks for reading!

Martin Sean

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