Photo whiz by trade and passion, friend and protector of Nature’s wilderness, as well as a professional shutterbug of 20 years now, Süha Derbent is used to taking on ambitious projects. He’s now traipsed about all over the world, following one of these pet ventures through. Derbent’s model of choice? The cat… but not the pet kind, nor the stray kind – these are the big leagues! Indeed, the amount of work he’s put into following feral cats, observing them in their natural habitats and snapping their picture is quite a feat in itself, even without this marvelous body of work to show for it.
His extensive – 60-plus countries and counting! – traveling has produced a comprehensive account of the main behavior patterns of these big cats. The lion, the leopard, the cheetah, the tiger, the puma, the jaguar and the snow leopard have all unwittingly posed for Derbent at some point. Here are some of his lucky mustachioed models, slinking within eyeshot or strutting in full view, unaware that the camera lens could just as easily have been a telescopic rifle sight. Their dwindling numbers, a pet peeve which has many activists up in arms nowadays, are projected to soon fall further, as the Iberian lynx is already on the endangered species list.
(Source: Süha Derbent’s Official Site)