John Varty gets close to tigers- studying them, communicating with them and filming them like never before.
While there aren't any hard numbers available, some Tinder users told the Journal that as many as one in 10 profile pictures includes a tiger. The pose, location and subjects in the photos communicate aspects of the individual's personality such as interests and values, according to Toma."You're trying to capture an entire, three-dimensional person into a brief and technologically bound profile.
Whether or not that anecdotal information is accurate, the phenomenon has inspired a number of blogs documenting the big cat trend including 'Tigers of Tinder,' 'Tinder Guys With Tigers' and 'Tigers on Tinder.'"A tiger has powerful symbolism," Catalina Toma, a University of Wisconsin-Madison professor and expert on the social effects of online communication, told USA TODAY Network. All you have at your disposal is text and visual cues," she said.
And it's possible that tiger pictures do get results.
Ok Trends, a research blog of Ok Cupid data, posted a study in 2010 that reviewed 7,000 profile photos.
While it doesn't mention tigers specifically, the study did find that men who posted photos of themselves with animals got more messages from potential mates than those who didn't pose with an animal.
Starting with two young, zoo-born tigers, Varty now has more than 15 tigers at his Tiger Canyons reserve, and has used ever-present cameras to document two years of their lives.
Whether mating, birthing or hunting, Varty shows these magnificent tigers with remarkable, up close and personal detail.
Tiger Canyons is a magnificent, rugged and beautiful piece of land.
On the advice of a friend, he went wild with his profile photo on the dating app Tinder, choosing a picture of himself crouching next to an adult tiger.
The photo made him seem worldly, he thought, even dangerous.
"At the time, I did not know that every single person in America would be doing the same thing," said Mr.