Anup Shah. Morani and Friend. Permanent Collection.

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Vital Impacts is honored to have this photograph as part of our permanent, year-round collection.

Maasai Mara, Kenya. November 2021. The sun breaks free of the horizon. There is a hint of a faint breeze. Otherwise, a pure stillness reigns. Then, a taut impala stares fixedly. Two moving objects, it spies. The lion on the right is distinctly older than its youthful companion. The old guy is one of the Four Musketeers that ruled Mara long time ago. Ruthlessly. And now, Morani has reappeared out of nowhere. Reminds me of a lyric from a Beatles song, “He’s a real nowhere man, sitting in his nowhere land, making all his plans for nobody”.

Anup Shah was born in Kenya, East Africa. A favourite activity while growing up there was visiting the national parks where he spent many hours watching wild animals roaming in their natural environment. This experience became the foundation for a career in wildlife photography.

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