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This photograph was taken just outside the Royal Chitwan National Park near Nepal's southern border with India.
Every morning the elephants are led down to the river for their daily bath. It seemed to be the highlight of every elephant's day to lie in the muddy, brown water for an hour whilst their rider would vigorously scrub and massage their skin with an industrial sized pumice stone. When it's time to leave a simple command and the elephant would stand up and lower it's trunk whereby the rider runs up the trunk and over the head before riding the elephant back into the jungle. This is the moment I have captured here.
I originally photographed this image in colour but felt it worked better as a sepia-toned black and white image which I changed in Photoshop, otherwise it's the same.

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