Sunday, January 8, 2012

Nick Brandt @ Fotografiska

Situated on the northern edge of Söder island, Stockholm's Fotografiska museum overlooks the city's gorgeous harbor and Gamla Stan (the "Old Town"). Some might say the main reason for visiting the museum is for the breathtaking views found in the cafe at the top where visitors end up after seeing the various photography exhibits on display. But with the current exhibit (on show up until today), this was far from true.

NS and I lined up for 30 mintues behind a meandering queue of probably 90 people in sub-zero temperatures so as not to miss Nick Brandt's widely acclaimed exhibit On This Earth, A Shadow Falls. The show features Africa's incredible wildlife as I've never before seen it captured.

"What I am interested in is showing the animals simply in the state of Being," says Brandt. "In the state of Being before they are no longer. Before, in the wild at least, they cease to exist."

Brandt's photographs of African animals are portraits. As with portraits of people, Brandt does not use telephoto lenses, but instead gets close to the animals - sometimes dangerously close. He successfully captures moments of natural beauty that take place every day but are rarely seen. 

One of Brandt's goals is to spread awareness of and eliminate the killing of Africa's magnificent beasts. He's set up an organisation: the Big Life Foundation - a worthy cause and one that won't be around for much longer if nothing is done...

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