Across The Ravaged Land

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Off I trotted to Fotografiska to attend the press gathering for the third – and last – exhibition of Nick Brandts wild life pictures. The exhibition runs until Sep 13.

DSC_6149This is what many many captured animals see every day of their lives…but so far, the animals caught on Brandts pictures are still roaming free. That is, the ones that haven’t been shot dead 🙁

Lion Head Trophy

Like this poor guy….

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Hippos might not be endangered just yet, but considering the sad development in disappearing species you never know how long it will take….

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This man is really unique as a photographer. We have all seen his large black and white, or sepia, photos of wild animals in Africa, and as the third part of a trilogy (check out my earlier post from 2011) we have come to an end of the series. It is not quite a happy ending, as most of the animals depicted have been killed by poachers, but Brandt has sparked an awareness amongst us all thanx to these amazing photos.

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This is one of the most famous of all the photos, and Lo and Behold! This old bull is still alive. No small feat in the ravaged continent of Africa.

Rangers with Tusks of Killed Elephants

As you can see……Every year 30 000 – 35 000 elephants are killed by poachers.

DSC_616575 % of all lions have disappeared in 20 years, and rhinos…well…..there are hardly any left. Why? Because the Chinese still live in the middle ages and think that various animal parts are good for their health. They sure have a lot to answer for. Recently I learned that even dogs and cats in parts of Africa, where the Chinese now live, are disappearing in an alarming rate.N on Lake Bed 05-10 3 B&W

Nick Brandt was born 1966 in London, and studied at St Martins School of Arts (like so many other people I know). In -92 he moved to America to work as a music video director for artists like Michael Jackson and Moby. When he shot Jacksons Earth Song in Tanzania in 1995, he fell in love with the country and its wildlife. A few years later he embarked on the long journey that would result in this photographic trilogy. In 2010 he founded the Big Life Foundation which has been a huge success to both wild animals as well as the villagers who live in this particular area. He told me that they have managed to catch as many as 1 800 poachers in the last five years. Well done! Please donate because the more money that comes in, the more land they can cover….

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Because we all want to see more of these wonderful beasts, and I am sure the beasts themselves would appreciate a little peace and quiet, instead of being hunted, haunted and killed just because of a specific horn, tusk or bone 🙁

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When I left the exhibition my heart was heavy and my mood was not on top – to say the least! But all around me life went on as normal, the small ferry doing its trips back and forth to Djurgården….

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Katarinahissen with it’s wonderful restaurant Gondolen on top, looked as interesting as always…

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…and the boats that lay side by side along the quay had the normal peaceful air about them.

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Stockholm is amazingly beautiful, especially in summer when the weather is mild and nightlife is wild.

 

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