22 May — 13 September, 2015
Nick Brandt’s sepia-toned images evoke a time when animals lived in harmony, untroubled by our contemporary age marked by the devastation of natural resources, hunting for pleasure and economic greed, as a result of everything from poaching to out of control development and population explosion.
With his intimate portraits of magnificent animals, Nick Brandt reminds us that the world, with all its splendour and diversity, is a very fragile place. His pictures are like no other natural images. There are no sensational hunting scenes. Instead Brandt presents us with a sense of calm and dignity. Possibly because he dares to move in close to the animals, with which he seems to have an understanding. We see their wrinkles of the animals, their weather-beaten skin, the intensity or curiosity in their eyes.
Nick Brandt has dedicated his life to depicting the natural world of the East African landscape. He first visited Tanzania in 1996. Starting in 2001, he began photographing and two years later he gave up his successful directing career in order to devote all his time to depicting the animals of Africa.
Brandt says that we mustn’t give up. We need to get involved and fight for animal survival. Otherwise, in a few years’ time we will only be able to see these animals in zoos. Instead of becoming angry and dejected, Brandt decided to become angry and active. In 2010 he founded Big Life Foundation. It was the first organisation in East Africa that pursues co-coordinated cross-border anti-poaching operations.
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