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#14 : ALLEYWAY WITH CHIMPANZEE, 2014 The transformative power of context, part 2: The portrait of the chimpanzee in a river bed was taken back in 2003, but as with all the animal portraits in Inherit the Dust, it was never released. I had rejected the origi...

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#13 : UNDERPASS WITH ELEPHANTS, 2015 (Lean Back, Your Life is On Track) The transformative power of context. What do I mean? Read on.... I took the good but unremarkable photo of an elephant mother and her calves a few years ago, but didn’t think it specia...

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#13 : WASTELAND WITH ELEPHANT, 2015 An elephant strides across the savannah towards camera. But where a sea of grass once was, all is human garbage. The original photo of the elephant is a previously unreleased shot taken ...

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#12 :  LINE OF RANGERS HOLDING TUSKS KILLED AT THE HANDS OF MAN, AMBOSELI 2011 I wish that I had never had to take this photo.  I wish that it had never been possible to take this photo. The photo was taken as a deliberate visual echo of Elephants Walking T...

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#11 :  ELEPHANTS WALKING THROUGH GRASS, AMBOSELI 2008 Fail again. Fail better.  Those are the immortal words of Samuel Becket. And the philosophy that best sums up my years-long attempts to get the 'perfect' photograph of a line of elephants crossing the Af...

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BEHIND THE PHOTO / NICK BRANDT: #10 : PETRIFIED BAT, LAKE NATRON, 2012 The photographer sighed wearily, part 2. Yes, the photo is meant to be this way up. The bat is hanging upside down, as you will see from the sky being at the bottom of the frame. To take...

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#9 : ABANDONED OSTRICH EGG, AMBOSELI 2007 It was the most curious sight. There, at the edge of the vast dried Amboseli lake bed, lay a lone, abandoned ostrich egg.  For me, the sight was quite compelling. I’ve seen the very occasional abandoned ostrich egg,...

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BEHIND THE PHOTO / NICK BRANDT: #8 : ELEPHANT WITH EXPLODING DUST, AMBOSELI, 2004 From the least inspiring of origins : A lesson in keeping your - or more to the point, my - mind open.   It was a cloudless sunny afternoon, the kind I always regard as unphot...

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#7 :  CHEETAH AND CUBS LYING ON ROCK, SERENGETI, 2007 The Importance of Clouds. Discuss.  I love photographing in East Africa. But I like my clouds specially imported from Northern Europe - somber, gloomy, melancholic. Now, truth be told, the clouds in this...

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#6 :  CHEETAH AND CUBS LYING ON ROCK, SERENGETI, 2007 The Importance of Clouds. Discuss.  I love photographing in East Africa. But I like my clouds specially imported from Northern Europe - somber, gloomy, melancholic. Now, truth be told, the clouds in this...
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