Thursday, September 5, 2013
NICK BRANDT EXHIBITION
"Across the Ravaged Land" is the latest in a series of shows by renowned photographer Nick Brandt that will be featured at the Fahey/Klein Gallery in Los Angeles this month.
Brandt's vision and effort is to capture the world landscape as it changes and disappears in East Africa. It is his final installation documenting a rapidly vanishing world. His two previous exhibitions are "On This Earth" and "A Shadow Falls". The current exhibition completes the trilogy, "On This Earth, A Shadow Falls, Across The Ravaged Land".
Brandt began his photographic journal in 2000, his mission, to create a lasting testament to the beauty of the natural world and the forces causing it's rapid disappearance. He captured the animals, intent on showing them as individual spirits, sentient creatures, just as worthy of life as we humans.
The current exhibition is notably darker in tone, reflecting the intense pressure on the region and the difficulty in capturing those photos. The animals were being poached and crowded out because of the growing human population, as quickly as the landscape was vanishing. The images are powerful; calcified animals, expanses of drought-affected land, and trophy heads. The shots evoke the sense of staggering loss.
As a result of what Brandt witnessed, in 2010, with conservationist Richard Bonham, he co-founded "Big Life Foundation", a grass roots effort to affect a dramatic reduction in the loss of land and animals in that region..
The exhibition at Fahey/Klein Gallery, 148 North La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA, runs Sept 5 - Oct 19, 2013. Photo above by Nick Brandt.