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Me and Lion 1975

By Henchard  
For those wondering what this is about, someone started a special upload of old photos of members as they were in the 1970's. I hope a tear sheet is going to be allowed here in the spirit of the 70's upload because I no longer have the original (the negative has faded too much). In 1975 I worked at a Safari park and looked after the lions. I put my camera on the gate, set it on the self timer and took this photo of myself giving a bottle of milk to a lion. I later sold it (the photo not the lion!) to the Sunday Express. My first published photo. It was nearly another 30 years before I got really interested in photography. It's interesting to note that my sartorial elegance has hardly changed in the time since.

Pete if there any prizes going, perhaps I could have one for the most stupid thing to do?

Tags: Pets and captive animals Portraits and people Pareen70

Voters: LisaRose, Frank_Reid, BEVZED and 31 more

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LisaRose 14 172 4 United States
17 Jan 2008 9:17AM
Wow! Some togs will do anything for a great picture. Wink Thanks for sharing.

Frank_Reid 15 227 1 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2008 9:49AM
Now I love my Big Cats ... but not that much.

With regards to your photograph.. it gets my vote for sure.

BEVZED 14 1.1k United Kingdom
17 Jan 2008 9:51AM
You nut !!!!
Cor blimey, hope someone was watching your back!
Kris_Dutson 18 8.2k 1 England
17 Jan 2008 10:21AM

Quote:....the most stupid thing to do?

Yep, I'd go along with that.

biggus 16 6 England
17 Jan 2008 12:23PM
Gets my vote..... I like the expression on the faces of the lions in the background.
Not sure if they think you are stupid for doing it or the lion is stupid for not having a go at your arm!!
Who was the health and safety risk assessor???
AnneWorner 13 620 43 United States
17 Jan 2008 3:31PM
Have your ways changed Wink Great image.
I think if you carefully iron the back of the newsprint on low setting you can smooth it out.
Maddie 15 2.7k 2 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2008 4:14PM
lol, now you are the last person, i would expect to do something like that!!! Wink
jeanie Plus
17 6.0k 6 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2008 4:51PM
OOOH Well we won't get may of these on the site... got my vote Smile

It's the others watching in the background that amused me !
17 Jan 2008 6:09PM
It takes a lot of bottle to do that. JNC
17 Jan 2008 7:24PM
Great stuff, the main Man.

John Smile
Big Bri 19 16.6k United Kingdom
17 Jan 2008 11:54PM
John, you're a bleedin nutter Smile
Sweep 14 43 England
18 Jan 2008 11:31PM
Gordon Bennet you most have been mad, It is a bit special though.
tepot 16 4.4k United Kingdom
6 Mar 2008 3:12PM
jesus christ mate!!!!!
BrianSS 14 412 41 England
10 Mar 2008 11:23AM
Great shot but I don't like the way those lions in the background are looking at you !!!
zed 16 551 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2008 11:06AM
Wow, amazing!
jken 14 1.7k 1 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2008 8:46AM lucky lucky man.


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