Nick Brandt is a photographer who photographs exclusively in Africa, one of his goals being to record a last testament to the wild animals and places there before they are destroyed by the hands of man.
The photograph below is the one that first caught my attention. A well-crafted and powerful image. You can feel the desperation and emptiness left by the elephant’s untimely demise in the ranger’s heart. A moment mirrored by dense low-lying clouds over a vast, barren, landscape.
Ranger with Tusks of Elephant Killed At the Hands of Man, Amboseli 2011
Lion Couple, Serengeti 2010
Lion Roar, Maasai Mara, 2012 by Nick Brandt
Elephants Walking Through Grass, Amboseli 2008
Elephant Mother & Baby Sleeping, Amboseli 2012
Elephant Skull, Amboseli 2010
Abandoned Ostrich Egg, Amboseli 2007
An abandoned ostrich egg sits alone, forgotten, in a dry wasteland. A bleak metaphor of the future for Africa’s wildlife without more protection.