By Crystal Chung @crystalkchung

A PHOTOGRAPHER has travelled around Africa for six years to capture striking silhouettes of lions, giraffes and birds

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An ostrich blends perfectly into the blue-yellow hues of the sky

Australian wildlife photographer, Marc Mol took the series of pictures in various areas of Africa; including Botswana and Kenya to Tanzania and Zambia.

Marc can spend many hours patiently waiting for the wildlife to be positioned perfectly

For Marc, 57, the hardest part about his photography project was to find the perfect timing with the wildlife constantly on the move.

He said: “Capturing the silhouette images is the easy part of my job.

The silhouettes of three giraffes running in the wild as the sun sets

“It’s getting the wildlife to cooperate and position themselves at the right time and place that can see you spend many fruitless hours, yet when it all comes together the right situation makes it all the more rewarding.”

Using his camera skills, Marc meters - when the camera determines what the correct shutter speed and aperture should be - the background sky in order to achieve the beautiful black silhouettes of the wildlife.

Stripped of the decoration of their feathers and skins, the simplicity of the photographs casts a new light on the subjects

Whether grazing, hunting or resting, the animals' daily activities are transformed into something majestic when cast against golden evenings and pink dawns.

The Swiss-based photographer said: “My main aim is to first find the appropriate flat landscape around either sunrise or sunset that will lend itself to capturing the silhouette and hope the wildlife play their part.”

A monkey chases its baby up a tree
A big cat peers out to the sunset

Some of Africa’s most iconic animals can be seen grazing in a savannah completely unaware that Marc was taking their photograph.

And he even managed to capture the full spectrum of animals that the African game reserves have to offer.

Three monkeys climbing the branch of tree are bathed in yellow light

Mol said: “Places like the Serengeti in Tanzania and the Masai Mara in Kenya with its endless plains beautifully lends itself to some wonderful sunset and silhouette images."

Tiny birds are seen perching on a branch, monkeys are caught leaping on trees whilst other images show giraffes and a pride of lions strolling through the grass.

He managed to capture the full spectrum of animals that the African game reserves have to offer

Stripped of the colour and decoration of their feathers and skins, the simplicity of the photographs casts a new light on the photographer’s subjects.

But for Marc, he hopes that his stunning images will also play an important message in animal conservation.

Marc hopes that his stunning images will also play an important message in animal conservation

He said: “I want viewers to never forget that so many of our wildlife remain endangered and it's up to all of us to make sure we leave areas such as our National Parks and Reserves the sole domain of animals and not humans.”

To take a look at more of Marc’s photography, visit his website: http://www.marcmol.com/Silhouettes-and-sunsets/i-HzzcQLJ