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Nick Brandt : Across The Ravaged Land

Nowadays it's unheard of to be shooting exclusively in film while you're out in Africa shooting wildlife. Nick Brandt is a different breed of photographer though, a very talented one at that!

Photo by Nick Brandt

When one mentions photographing African wildlife, it almost always equates to shooting from a vehicle and using those big bazooka lenses. Nick Brandt though, goes against the grain and uses a Pentax 67II medium format film camera and black and white film, but without telephoto or zoom lenses. He says that in order to reveal your subject’s personality, you approach it. _ “You wouldn’t take a portrait of a human being from a hundred feet away and expect to capture their spirit; you’d move in close.”_

This technique has delivered some of the most riveting images of Africa, from the majestic elephants up close and personal, to the sad state of ivory poachers. Have a look at this short video made for Brandt’s third book collecting his gorgeous photos.

written by cruzron

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