Inherit the Dust: Nick Brandt Captures Disappearing African Wildlife
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In a series of photographic panoramas shot in East Africa, celebrated photographer Nick Brandt records the impact of men in places where animals used to roam, but no longer do.
In a series of photographic panoramas shot in East Africa, celebrated photographer Nick Brandt records the impact of the wildlife trade.
Nick Brandt’s body of work Inherit the Dust was photographed 2014-2015. The series consists of unreleased portraits of animals, taken over prior years, printed life-size and glued to large panels. These panels were then placed in within a world of explosive urban development, locations where animals such as these used to roam but, as a result of human impact, no longer do.
In all but a few of the final photographs, the animals within the panels are effectively invisible to the people going about their lives. The animals have been reduced to ghosts in these violated landscapes.
Nick Brandt, born in 1964, is an English photographer, whose photographic themes always relate to the disappearing natural world. It was in 1995 while directing the video for Michael Jackson’s “Earth Song” in Tanzania that Brandt fell in love with the animals and the land of East Africa. In 2001, Brandt’s desire to express his respect towards animals and the feeling of deep sorrow witnessing their vanishing world, prompted him to photograph African’s animal kingdom in a way that he felt no-one had done before.
Photo: Nick Brandt. Underpass with Elephants. 2015, courtesy of Blue Lotus Gallery.