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

Picture by Nick Brandt
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
Picture by Nick Brandt
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
Picture by Nick Brandt
Elephant Mother with Baby Holding Leg, Serengeti 2002
Picture by Nick Brandt
Cheetah & Cubs Lying on Rock, Serengeti 2007
Picture by Nick Brandt
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.


2 Comment

  1. Ian says:

    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

  2. Kris says:

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

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