IN THE AGE OF TELEPHOTO LENSES and lion-proof cars, a picture like the one above is awesome, but isn’t super impressive: you’d imagine it was taken with relatively little risk to the life and limb of the photographer. Not so in this case. Atif Saeed, a Pakistani nature photographer, was at a safari park near Lahore in Pakistan when he saw this lion and decided to get out of his Jeep to photograph it. The lion was attracted by the sound of the camera and approached Saeed, getting within 10 feet of the photographer.
“I was sitting in front of him just near my car and the door of my car was open,” Saeed told the Daily Mail, “I was sat on ground few feet away, so he was treating me like his prey… I was laughing at that time, but now when I think back about the incident I don’t think I would be able to do it again. It was a pretty close encounter.”
For more of Saeed’s work — which he will hopefully continue to produce for the entirety of a long, happy, lion-free life — check out his Flickr page.