The pictures in Brandt’s show “On This Earth, A Shadow Falls, Across The Ravaged Land” are evidence of a frightening reality. Between 30,000 and 35,000 elephants are slaughtered every year, rhinoceros horns cost more than gold and there are 75 per cent fewer lions today than 20 years ago.
Nick Brandt’s sepia-toned images evoke a time when animals lived in harmony, untroubled by our contemporary age marked by the devastation of natural resources, hunting for pleasure and economic greed, as a result of everything from poaching to out of control development and population explosion. With his intimate portraits of magnificent animals, Nick Brandt reminds us that the world, with all its splendour and diversity, is a very fragile place.
Born in London in 1966, Nick Brandt was educated at Saint Martin’s School of Art, where he studied painting and film. In 1992 he moved to the United States and began directing music videos with artists such as Michael Jackson and Moby. While directing Michael Jackson’s “Earth Song” in Tanzania in 1995, Brandt fell in love with the country and its fauna. A few years later he began his trilogy.
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