I have been chasing the big cats of India for more than a decade. Over the years – chance, experience and patience have allowed me to spend some intimate moments with perhaps the most enigmatic big cats of them all – the Tiger. The famous hunter turned conservationist Jim Corbett called the tiger a ‘large-hearted gentleman’. Gender neutrality was perhaps not in vogue then – but in principle he is right.
For once you have earned the tiger’s trust – you can be rewarded with some wonderful insights about their behaviour. But mind you – this experience can also lead to frustration. Apart from having a big heart, tigers also have an enormous capacity to sleep. I cannot even begin to count the number of hours spent waiting by the edge of the bushes, waiting for the tiger to break his nap and make an appearance.
These images were made over a decade or so, across the forests of Central and North India, and I have tried to cover tigers of all ages – and give you a glimpse into their world.