Across the Ravaged Land by Nick Brandt (Hardback, 2013)

Across the Ravaged Land by Nick Brandt (Hardback, 2013) Across the Ravaged Land is the third and final volume in Nick Brandt&39;s trilogy of books documenting the disappearing natural world and animals of East Africa The book&39;s title combined with the titles of Brandt&39;s first two books captures the change he has witnessed "On this Earth a shadow falls across the ravaged land" The book offers a darker vision of the world that Brandt has been photographing for the last decade a world still filled with a stunning beauty but now tragically tainted and fast disappearing at the hands of man In addition to a range of new starkly powerful portraits of animals; elephants lions leopards hyenas that appear to be posing especially for the photographer as if in a studio Brandt introduces some new themesFor the first time humans make an appearance in his photographs On the jacket a crouched ranger supports the weight of two giant tusks of an elephant killed by poachers One new series of photographs has hunters&39; trophies placed back in the epic landscapes where once these creatures roamedAnother features perfectly preserved animals calcified by the salts of a Rift Valley soda lake In both instances the subjects appear strangely alive and sentient in death Brandt also contributes two essays summing up his photographic odyssey which has taken more than a decade of intensive work to completeOne details his work from the perspective of conservation giving a broad overview of the wave of destruction of wildlife and habitat across Africa and describing the work his Big Life Foundation is doing to preserve the Amboseli ecosystem of Kenya and Tanzania The other discusses technical aspects of his project
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