More breathtakingly powerful work by one of my favourite photographers Nick Brandt. With his latest project “Inherit the Dust” he goes to extraordinary lengths to show us what’s at stake if the human impact on the environment continues unchecked. Find the full and original post by Alexa Keefe on National Geographic. An excerpt below.
A trip to Tanzania turned Nick Brandt on to photography 20 years ago, but his first love was animals. “Africa has the ability to become a superpower when it comes to nature tourism,” Brandt says. In 2010, Brandt co-founded an organization called Big Life, which helps fight poaching in the Amboseli-Tsavo-Kilimanjaro ecosystem of East Africa.
With his latest project, “Inherit the Dust,” Brandt has gone to extraordinary lengths to show us what’s at stake if the human impact on the environment continues unchecked.
Placing 30-foot portraits of elephants, giraffes, rhinos—all animals he had photographed previously in East Africa—against the stark, dystopian landscape of the underpasses, trash dumps, and quarries of Kenya’s increasingly sprawling development creates a jarring juxtaposition that serves as part cautionary tale, part wake-up call to a potentially different future.
“Inherit the Dust” is currently touring in exhibitions around the world and has been recently published as a book. You may see more from the project on Nick’s website. Nick will be presenting his work at the LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph in Charlottesville, Va. in June 2016.