Nick Brandt : Living on Earth...
Nick Brandt
Living on Earth...
Gallimard L., March 8, 2016
Nick Brandt/ElephantsMGD
Nick Brandt/ElephantsMGD


Bio_Express

Born and raised in London, Nick Brandt studied Film and Painting at St. Martins School of Art. He started photographing in December 2000 in East Africa, beginning the body of work that is his signature subject matter and style. He no longer directs, devoting himself full time to his fine art photography now. Brandt's first book of photographs, "On This Earth", was published in October 2005, by Chronicle Books, with forewords by Jane Goodall and Alice Sebold (author of "The Lovely Bones").

Nick Brandt/Elephant With Exploding Dust
Nick Brandt/Elephant With Exploding Dust


Nick Brandt/Elephant Mother & Baby Holding Leg
Nick Brandt/Elephant Mother & Baby Holding Leg


Nick Brandt/AbandonedOstrichEgg
Nick Brandt/AbandonedOstrichEgg


Nick Brandt/Baboons in Profile
Nick Brandt/Baboons in Profile


He has had numerous one-man exhibitions between 2004 and 2006, including London, Berlin, New York, Los Angeles, Hamburg, Santa Fe, Sydney, Melbourne and San Francisco. He now lives in Topanga, California.... Few photographers have ever considered the photography of wild animals, as distinctly opposed to the genre of Wildlife Photography, as an art form. The emphasis has generally been on capturing the drama of wild animals IN ACTION, on capturing that dramatic single moment, as opposed to simply animals in the state of being.

Nick Brandt/Chimp Portrait With Hand II
Nick Brandt/Chimp Portrait With Hand II


Nick Brandt/Gorilla On Rock
Nick Brandt/Gorilla On Rock


Nick Brandt/Giraffes Battling Forest.
Nick Brandt/Giraffes Battling Forest.


I’ve always thought this something of a wasted opportunity. The wild animals of Africa lend themselves to photographs that extend aesthetically beyond the norm of 35mm-color telephoto wildlife photography. And so it is, that in my own way, I would like to yank the subject matter of wildlife into the arena of fine art photography. To take photographs that transcend what has been a largely documentative genre.

Nick Brandt/Giraffes Fan
Nick Brandt/Giraffes Fan


Nick Brandt/Giraffes Dust Devil
Nick Brandt/Giraffes Dust Devil


Nick Brandt/Rhino in Dust
Nick Brandt/Rhino in Dust


Aside from using certain impractical photographic techniques, there’s one thing I do whilst shooting that I believe makes a big difference : I get extremely close to these very wild animals, often within a few feet of them. I don’t use telephoto lenses. This is because I want to see as much of the sky and landscape as possible--to see the animals within the context of their environment. That way, the photos become as much about the atmosphere of the place as the animals. And being that close to the animals, I get a real sense of intimate connection to them, to the specific animal in front of me. Sometimes a deliberate feeling that they’re almost presenting themselves for a studio portrait.

Nick Brandt/Buffalo Blind in One Eye Resting
Nick Brandt/Buffalo Blind in One Eye Resting


Nick Brandt/Rhino on Lake
Nick Brandt/Rhino on Lake


Nick Brandt/Zebras Turning Heads
Nick Brandt/Zebras Turning Heads


Why the animals of Africa in particular? And more particularly still, East Africa? There is perhaps something more profoundly iconic, mythical, mythological even, about the animals of East Africa, as opposed to say, the Arctic or South America. There is also something deeply, emotionally stirring and affecting about the plains of Africa – the vast green rolling plains punctuated by the graphically perfect acacia trees. My images are unashamedly idyllic and romantic, a kind of enchanted Africa. They’re my elegy to a world that is steadily, tragically vanishing.

Nick Brandt/Cheetah in Tree
Nick Brandt/Cheetah in Tree


Nick Brandt/Cheetah & Cubs Lying on Rock
Nick Brandt/Cheetah & Cubs Lying on Rock


Nick Brandt/Lion Before Storm II- Sitting Profile
Nick Brandt/Lion Before Storm II- Sitting Profile


Nick Brandt/Lions Head to Head
Nick Brandt/Lions Head to Head


Nick Brandt/Lioness Against Rock.
Nick Brandt/Lioness Against Rock.


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