Leap of Faith by Scott Marmer
© 2014 Scott Marmer

    • Title: Leap of Faith
    • Artist: Scott Marmer
    • From: Mountain View, CA USA

    • e-mail: smarmer@post.harvard.edu
    • Phone: + 1 (650) 3871003
    • Website: www.scottanddaria.com

    Artist Statement

    "After seeing wildlife television specials and amazing photographs of the wildlife and landscapes of Kenya, I was inspired to go on a photo safari there. I was especially excited to witness the Great Migration of over 1 million wildebeest and large numbers of zebras and timed my trip accordingly. River crossings, like this one, are one of the highlights of the Great Migration. I had hoped to see at least one, but there was no guarantee that the timing would work out.

    "One morning, I patiently waited on a bluff above the Mara River in Kenya for a herd of wildebeest to begin to cross. When they did, a mad rush across the river ensued. It was an amazing spectacle. Wildebeest were jumping, leaping, and sometimes stumbling from the edge into the water. While some of the animals entered the river using the equivalent of a belly flop, the lead wildebeest captured in this photograph awed me with the power, grace, and beauty of its leap."