Images Of Africa That Take Your Breath Away by Nick Brandt

Have you ever seen Nick Brandt‘s photography? I have been intrigued by his amazing portraits of animals in Africa. Nick Brandt has produced a powerful collection of works expressing the beauty and grandeur of the wild animals into wildlife. His images are very artful and differs from those we have been used to see. He does not just shooting wildlife. He evokes emotions. Nick Brandt captivates animal’s feelings and convey them to his audience arising emotions. He places his models into a magnificent nature scenery, directing them with his lenses and lights. It is hard not to look into the animals, feel their emotions, it is hard not to sense the awe and beauty of those wild creatures. It is hard not to love them.

“It’s getting harder and harder to capture these animals because every year there’s less of them,” Mr. Brandt said. “So I’m actually taking longer and longer to take these photographs but my mission is still to try and show them as sentient creatures.”

“African wildlife has never looked so regal and mysterious as in Brandt’s grave photographs. His elephants appear as weighty as the pyramids. His rhinos look more ancient than carbon. His apes know something we don’t. Given the multitude of human disasters in Africa, is it an indulgence to lose yourself in pictures that carry no hint of the wars and famines outside the frame? Not when the pictures are such powerful reminders that Africa is also a magnificent—and endangered—treasure house of animal life.”

– Time Magazine (Time Top Five Photographic Books of 2005)

“The photographs of Nick Brandt are both beautiful and haunting. They come upon you in a flush of abundance that is almost impossible to recover from…. You are about to enter a world of the imagination where all the animals are real, both fragile and full of grace.”

– Alice Sebold, Author of “The Lovely Bones”

“Nick Brandt’s images of the animals of Eastern Africa take one’s breath away. These powerful glimpses of another world are so intimate one might hear the rustle of brush as a cheetah makes herself known, or the breathing of a lion as he stands alert. One cannot help but connect with these animals. They each have a unique personality. But it is not mere intimacy that attracts.

Brandt’s pictures are beautifully composed, sensuous portraits. Heartbreakingly beautiful, these strong and vital creatures seem somehow fragile, ephemeral. We must ensure that its not only in images that they are preserved.”

– Black & White Magazine, USA

“Combining splendid natural backdrops with a portraitist’s approach to animals, the images in “On This Earth” show not only the reckless beauty of Africa’s vanishing wilds but also the humanity of its creatures. The photos have an uncanny intimacy. With his images shown in fine-art exhibitions throughout Europe and North America, Brandt brings a compositionally precise and painterly style to a genre dominated by action shots and documentary image making.”

– American Photo, USA (Top 10 Photographic Books of 2005)

“The haunting images in Nick Brandt’s “On This Earth” seem less like a documentary than like spirit photos of mythical beasts. Living testimony to the ghostly beauty and the fragility of nature, these magnificent creatures will convince you (if indeed you had any doubts) that animals not only have minds and hearts but also spirits and souls.”

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Maria Papaefstathiou

VISUAL DESIGNER since 1996 and blogger since 2010. Living in Athens, Greece. She has been focusing her research on poster design and particularly on social poster design and portrait design. Her main poster project is a series of posters celebrating great personalities of traditional and popular culture in Greece and Jamaica. These include actors, singers, musicians, poets etc. This is an ongoing project. “I believe that design is a powerful tool that we designers can use to spark enthusiasm, change mindsets and bring positive actions to our world and our culture”. FOUNDER AND EDITOR OF GRAPHICART-NEWS.COM BLOG. She carefully curates high-quality designs, illustrations, and art, from all over the world that will teach and provoke other designers. Many consider her blog to be an exceptional educational tool. CO-FOUNDER OF THE INTERNATIONAL REGGAE POSTER CONTEST which was launched on December 2011, partnering, the creative activist Michael Thompson aka Freestylee. (www.reggaepostercontest.com)

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