October 14, 2010 – Leopard Gas Mask
I of course went to Wikipedia to help me find something smart to say about leopards, some how I felt “They’re freakin’ cool” just wasn’t good enough. Wikipedia delivered big time with their listing of the subspecies of leopards. Each one looks a little different, that’s really cool to see. Here’s what Wikipedia had to say:
As many as 27 leopard subspecies were once suggested, the number growing from the time of Linnaeus in the 18th century to that of Reginald Pocock in the early 20th century. In 1996, According to DNA analysis carried out in the 1990s only eight subspecies are considered valid.Later analysis revealed a ninth subspecies, the Arabian leopard (P. p. nimr). Because of limited sampling of African leopards this number might be an underestimation.
- African leopard (P. p. pardus), (Linnaeus, 1758) — inhabits Sub-Saharan Africa;
- Indian leopard (P. p. fusca), (Meyer, 1794) — inhabits the Indian Subcontinent;
- Javan leopard (P. p. melas), (Cuvier, 1809) — inhabits Java, Indonesia.
- Arabian leopard (P. p. nimr), (Hemprich and Ehrenberg, 1833) — inhabits the Arabian Peninsula;
- Amur leopard (P. p. orientalis), (Schlegel, 1857) — inhabits the Russian Far East, Korean Peninsula and Northeast China;
- North Chinese leopard (P. p. japonensis), (Gray, 1862) — inhabits Northern China;
- Persian leopard (P. p. saxicolor), (Pocock, 1927), earlier described as Caucasian leopard (P. p. ciscaucasica), (Satunin, 1914) — inhabits Central Asia: the Caucasus, Turkmenistan and Northern Iran;
- Indo-Chinese leopard (P. p. delacouri), (Pocock, 1930) — inhabits Mainland Southeast Asia;
- Sri Lankan leopard (P. p. kotiya), (Deraniyagala, 1956) — inhabits Sri Lanka.
A morphological analysis of characters of leopard skulls implies the validity of two more subspecies::
- Anatolian leopard (P. p. tulliana), (Valenciennes, 1856) — inhabits Western Turkey;
- Baluchistan leopard (P. p. sindica), (Pocock, 1930) — inhabits Pakistan, and possibly also parts of Afghanistan and Iran.
Sooo, now that we’ve studied some Zoology… time for some math…
Apex from Classless Classics approached me about collaborating on some photos of masks like this one and the giraffe mask. He went all out creating a set for the shoot, found models and shot the photos. All I had to do was create the masks. Check back to see the results.