Needing A Helping Hand by Damienne Bingham

Photographic Prints


Sizing Information

Small 8.0" x 12.0"
Medium 12.0" x 18.0"
Large 16.0" x 24.0"
X large 20.0" x 30.0"


  • Superior quality silver halide prints
  • Archival quality Kodak Endura paper
  • Lustre: Professional photo paper with a fine grain pebble texture
  • Metallic: Glossy finish and metallic appearance to create images with exceptional visual interest and depth

Singapore Zoo
Singapore. 2008.

Canon EOS 400D
Canon EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 USM
f/5.6, 1/1600s, ISO 800.
RAW. B&W conversion and tonal “recovery” in PS.

The Orangutan is listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Endangered Species.

Orangutans are the only exclusively Asian genus of extant great ape. The largest living arboreal animals, they have longer arms than the other, more terrestrial, great apes. They are among the most intelligent primates and use a variety of sophisticated tools, also making sleeping nests each night from branches and foliage. Their hair is typically reddish-brown, instead of the brown or black hair typical of other great apes.

Native to Indonesia and Malaysia, orangutans are currently found only in rainforests on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra, though fossils have been found in Java, the Thai-Malay Peninsula, Vietnam and Mainland China. There are only two surviving species, both of which are endangered: the Bornean Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) and the critically endangered Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii). The subfamily Ponginae also includes the extinct genera Gigantopithecus and Sivapithecus. The word “orangutan” comes from the Malay words “orang” (man) and “(h)utan” (forest); hence, “man of the forest”.

Conservation Status

The Sumatran species is critically endangered and the Bornean species of orangutans is endangered according to the IUCN Red List of mammals, and both are listed on Appendix I of CITES. The total number of Bornean orangutans is estimated to be less than 14% of what it was in the recent past (from around 10,000 years ago until the middle of the twentieth century) and this sharp decline has occurred mostly over the past few decades due to human activities and development. Species distribution is now highly patchy throughout Borneo: it is apparently absent or uncommon in the south-east of the island, as well as in the forests between the Rejang River in central Sarawak and the Padas River in western Sabah (including the Sultanate of Brunei). The largest remaining population is found in the forest around the Sabangau River, but this environment is at risk. A similar development have been observed for the Sumatran orangutans.

A 2007 study by the Government of Indonesia noted in 2004 it was estimated that there was a total wild population of 61,234 orangutans, 54,567 of which were found on the island of Borneo. (care of Wikipedia)

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I am a freelance photographer originally from Brisbane, Australia, and currently living in Cape Town, South Africa.

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  • Melanie Simmonds
    Melanie Simmondsover 3 years ago

    I love the tonal quality of this photo, it’s a really great black and white :o)

  • Thanks for the input Mel, I actually wasn’t sure about this but I thought it was worth putting up for discussion!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • photosbytony
    photosbytonyover 3 years ago

    I love it also, has a quality to it I can’t describe but it drew me in immediately ! tony

  • Thanks so much Tony, that’s encouraging. It’s rare that I do a lot of PS work on my photos but I had a feel for the pose in this shot, and the quality of the original was not great due to the light – so I gave it a go with the PS. Truthfully, I’m still not entirely sure about it, but it seems to be getting a reasonably good response, so that’s nice to hear!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • João Castro
    João Castroover 3 years ago

    Excellent work!

  • Thank you Joao!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Pixie-Atelier
    Pixie-Atelierover 3 years ago

    The halo-effect around the orangutan creates a beautiful frame. I love the outstretched hand beckonging the invisible significant other. There is a vulnerability to the moment.

  • Thanks Pixie, that’s how I felt about the pose also – I wasn’t sure about the treatment I gave the shot, but I really loved the way s/he was reaching out – kind of poignant I thought!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • EvaAn68
    EvaAn68over 3 years ago

    Oooooohhh… excellent Damienne!!! :D

  • Thanks Eva!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Ulla Jensen
    Ulla Jensenover 3 years ago

    No discussion ! It is an awesome composition, and so beautifully b&w treated, full stop! :-)))

  • Thanks, Ulla, that’s so encouraging for me! I’m really glad you enjoyed it and I appreciate the detailed comment!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • laruecherie
    laruecherieover 3 years ago

    Beautiful work! I love the other photo, as well.

  • Wow thank you very much for the feature, and the kind comment. I’m so glad you enjoyed these and I appreciate your support!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Rickster1
    Rickster1over 3 years ago

    He has a point D

  • Thanks Rick.

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Nayko
    Naykoover 3 years ago

  • Thank you very much! That’s wonderful!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • VallaV
    VallaVover 3 years ago

    Еxcellent work, Damienne! I see large sense and idea!
    Hand of help always is by the way, even from an orang-outang! And even if she is extended from a cross to Галгофе! (very reminded on composition) :-)

  • That’s a really interesting analysis, thanks for taking the time to comment, you always have fascinating ways of reading photos!

    – Damienne Bingham

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