Since 1990 I have used a Nizzo Super 8mm movie camera, as well as Sony TR850 and PC 330E camcorders to create guerrilla style documentaries as an artists record of some iconic adventures. Professionally produced, these videos are windows into the past and depict a freedom that was available in a different era to those who were happy to take a few risks.
In this new documentary the artist Paul Augustinus travels to Bandhavgarh National Park in India. This is a special trip because his guide Vivek Sharma has arranged the exclusive use of an elephant for several days. This means that instead of waiting in turn for short forays in to see tigers he will be able to follow tigers for hours at a time. As well as explore several pristine river valleys that would normally not be accessible unless you had your own elephant.
This documentary shows exactly what looking for tigers from elephant back in India is like, and how the actual sightings slowly unfold. Patience is needed, and nothing about the experience has any similarity to watching wildlife in Africa. Tiger watching is as much a cultural experience as it is a natural history one. For an artist looking for material for paintings there is no other way to get the material needed to create tiger paintings. For a short article and images about Paul Augustinus at Bandhavgarh click HERE