The fine art wildlife photography of Nick Brandt

Nick Brandt.  Lion family portrait, Masai Mara, 2004

Nick Brandt. Lion family portrait, Masai Mara, 2004

Nick Brandt.  Zebras turning heads, Ngorongoro Crater, 2005

Nick Brandt. Zebras turning heads, Ngorongoro Crater, 2005

Nick Brandt.  Wildebeest arc, Masai Mara, 2006

Nick Brandt. Wildebeest arc, Masai Mara, 2006

As a (very) amateur photographer, I will admit that when photographing wildlife it is tempting to try and catch them in the midst of something spectacular, some moment of supreme action.

Nick Brandt, however, moves in the opposite direction, capturing impossibly dreamlike images of the wildlife simply being.  This is wildlife photography elevated miles above the usual constraints of the genre.  The serenity and majesty of his images speak for themselves.  Apparently a big part of the magic is that he doesn’t shoot telephoto, and thus is able to a) capture a large expanse of sky and b) has to get very, very close to his subjects.

I highly recommend a look through his whole portfolio.  Yet another set of books I am going to have to track down and acquire.

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