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Chimps are our closest living relatives sharing surprisingly 98.8% of our DNA. On a recent photographic shoot to photograph the largest population of wild chimps left on the planet, my specific intention was to try and capture photographs that epitomize the close genetic relationship that exists between humans and chimps…
It had been a tough trek and keeping up with the chimps who were moving through the African jungle on a hunt, was indeed difficult. The chimp you see depicted above stopped moving with the group, and sat down to seemingly contemplate life? I knew that this was the shot that I was after and that the success of my entire trip would hinge on this moment. I took a few photographs but hoped that my human-like subject would stare into my lens. He obliged but just for a second and that was all that I needed, to capture a frame that shows the close genetic relationship that exists between humans and chimps. Looking at this photo I have to wonder how much of this genetic likeness that exists between chimps and humans translates into thought processes and personalities?
Nikon Df camera, 400mm, F6.3 1/60th ISO 6400
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