Practising her photography skills at a nearby park, Indian photographer Avinash Lodhi’s attention was at first focused on the birds.
It was as she turned to leave, however, that Lodhi got her money shot when she spotted a troop of monkeys playing around.
The Telegraph reports that Lodhi decided to capture a few of the playful shots until:
When I was returning I suddenly saw a group of monkeys rushing here and there. I decided to sit down and watch their activities.
I wanted to capture some pictures of them, even though I was losing light, but I managed to capture this.
It was so quick I didn’t even know what was happening when I took the picture.
The image she captured (below) gives the sense that the mother is clutching her baby, crying out in anguish. Although it’s awfully tricky to know just what is really happening, it does seem as if it’s the end of the babe’s life:
However, according to Lodhi, 31, a few moments later saw the baby up and at it, monkeying around with the others.
Lodhi, on the topic of capturing the moment, said:
This picture is very close to my heart because throughout my entire photography career I have never seen anything like this.
It was so quick I didn’t even know what was happening when I took the picture but as soon as I confirmed the image I was silent for an hour.
This moment is rare, especially with animals.
Shows you just how easy it is to manipulate a photograph into any story you want.
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