After seeing this image in Elle, I became obsessed with the photo of the elephant above the mantel. After doing some research, I found out that the photographer is Nick Brandt. I became fascinated with his bio.
He said, "You wouldn't take a portrait of a human being from a hundred feet away and expect to capture their spirit; you'd move in close." Sometimes he gets within five feet of the animals he photographs in the wild.
I purchased a smaller image of the elephant from the mantel inspiration, and a larger image of the last image. To me, it is a total expression of love, and looking at it almost makes me cry it is so beautiful.