Three years after the completion of his trilogy, On This Earth, A Shadow Falls Across the Ravaged Land, Nick Brandt returns to East Africa to photograph the escalating changes to the continent’s natural world and its animals in a unique and dramatic way.
In a series of epic panoramas, Brandt photographs in places where the animals used to roam, but no longer do, due to the impact of man.
In each location, Brandt erects a life-size panel of one of his portrait photographs - that include groups of elephants, rhinos, giraffes, lions, cheetahs and zebra - setting the panels within a world of explosive urban development, factories, wasteland and quarries.
The people within the photographs are oblivious to the presence of the panels, of the animals, who are now no more than ghosts in the landscape. Some of the animals in the panels appear to be looking out at these destroyed landscapes with sadness, as if lamenting the loss of the world they once inhabited. By the end, we see that it is not just the animals who are the victims in this out of control world, but also the humans.
In spite of the poignancy, Brandt’s widescreen monochrome images have a breathtakingly rich beauty to them.