Sunday, December 21, 2014


Pictures inspire by Nick Brandt

Pictures inspire by Nick Brandt


Picture inspire by Nick Brandt(United Kingdom)

Picture by Nick Brandt

Elephant Drinking, Amboseli 2007

BIOGRAPHY

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”).

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.

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.

Picture by Nick Brandt

Chimpanzee Posing, Mahale 2003

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.

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
April 2004

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Cheetah and Cubs, Maasai Mara 2003

Picture by Nick Brandt

Lioness Looking Over Plains, Maasai Mara 2004

Picture by Nick Brandt

Lion before Storm #2, Maasai Mara 2006

Picture by Nick Brandt

Lion Portrait, Serengeti 2000

Picture by Nick Brandt

Portrait of Two Zebras Turning Heads, Ngorongoro Crater 2005

Picture by Nick Brandt

Lion Family Portrait, Maasai Mara 2004

Picture by Nick Brandt

Giraffe Looking Out over Plains, Serengeti 2002

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Rhino in Dust, Lewa Downs 2003

Picture by Nick Brandt

Crater Lioness, Ngorongoro Crater 2000

Picture by Nick Brandt

Two Rhinos, Lewa Downs 2003

Picture by Nick Brandt

Portrait of Lion Standing in Wind, Masai Mara 2006

Picture by Nick Brandt

Elephant Herd, Serengeti 2001

Picture by Nick Brandt

Windswept Lion, Serengeti 2002

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Elephant Mother with Baby Holding Leg, Serengeti 2002

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Cheetah & Cubs Lying on Rock, Serengeti 2007

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Elephant Mother and Two Babies, Serengeti 2002

Picture by Nick Brandt

Hippos on the Mara River, Maasai Mara 2002

Picture by Nick Brandt

Leopard in Crook of Tree, Nakuru 2007

Picture by Nick Brandt

Three Rhinos, Nakuru 2007

Picture by Nick Brandt

Elephants & Egrets After Storm, Amboseli 2007

Picture by Nick Brandt

Two Giraffes Battling in Sun, Masai Mara 2006

Picture by Nick Brandt

Portrait of Lioness Against Rock, Serengeti 2007

Picture by Nick Brandt

Giraffe Under Big Sky, Masai Mara 2007

Picture by Nick Brandt

Lioness with Cub Feeding, Masai Mara 2007

Picture by Nick Brandt

Baboons in Profile, Nakuru 2007

Picture by Nick Brandt

Elephant Cathedral, Masai Mara 2007

Picture by Nick Brandt

Giraffes on Lake Bed, Nakuru 2007

Picture by Nick Brandt

Zebras Crossing River, Masai Mara 2006

Picture by Nick Brandt

Wildebeest Arc, Masai Mara 2006

Images copyright @ by Nick Brandt. To learn more about this incredible artist click here.

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    I wish he would visit the Kruger National Park in South Africa and take shots like that here. The KNP needs this type of publicity. These photos tell a million tales – they are truly beautiful and so descriptive of the environment

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    I would like to know more about Nick Brandt and his work.

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