Deforestation and industrialization is causing havoc to the natural world everywhere. May be that’s what stirred British photographer Nick Brandt to come up with this unique idea to showcase the ill effects these two human activities have on nature and it does stir you up in a big way. In his project called “Inherit the Dust“, Nick placed gigantic portraits of animals he has photographed over the years at various places in Kenya to showcase what was there earlier and how things have changed over the years.
Nick made his first trip to Africa way back in 1995 for shooting the music video of Michael Jackson’s Earth Song and he instantly fell in love with the place. There was no looking back. Africa and Nick were like made for each other. As he himself explains,
“I fell in love with the place. That experience shifted my focus in terms of what I wanted to say about the world.”
That love story continues till date. In his latest project, Nick has gone to extraordinary lengths to place giant 30-feet portraits of African animals across trash dumps, underpasses and quarries of Kenya’s increasingly urban space which is continuously eating up whatever wild and green space it has left.
But shooting for this project and coming up up with such astounding results were not that easy. He had to painstakingly go through his 12 years of work in Africa and come up with the pictures which would suit the chosen places. Then there was the work of perfectly placing them amidst human areas to get the best shot possible. At times Nick had to endure the stress of waiting for hours to get the right kind of light and cloud. As he often does, Nick was shooting with films, so the work became that much tougher. As it is evident from the pictures, all his efforts indeed paid off.
Elephant near Wasteland.. ©Nick Brandt