Let me introduce you to Assam. He was born on 13 April 2012, just about 2 hours before this shot was taken. Assam is the new star among the elephants of Hamburg's zoo, the renowned Tierpark Hagenbeck.
His birth had been announced on the local radio immediately. That's why legions of visitor had come by had come immediately which turned shooting in the already badly lit elephant house into an act of melee combat. Assam was still pretty weak and was stumbling more than walking. He was constantly and quite closely surrounded by all the females of his family who wanted both to protect him and to get at good trunk full of his scent. They were so keen on getting close to Assam that two zookeeper were there to look after him just in case that he stumbled.
I wanted to achieve two things with this shot:
1. Portrait Assam in all his cuteness and fragility,
2. Show the closeness of his family members.
He us quite cute, isn't he? Still weak but already with a twinkle of curiosity and mischief in his eyes. Good boy!