I am both horrified and awed by photographer Nick Brandt's images of birds calcified by the overwhelmingly alkaline waters of Lake Natron in Tanzania.
Brandt writes in his new photo/essay book, Across The Ravaged Land.
"I unexpectedly found the creatures — all manner of birds and bats — washed up along the shoreline of Lake Natron in Northern Tanzania. No one knows for certain exactly how they die, but it appears that the extreme reflective nature of the lake’s surface confuses them, and like birds crashing into plate glass windows, they crash into the lake.
"The water has an extremely high soda and salt content, so high that it would strip the ink off my Kodak film boxes within a few seconds. The soda and salt causes the creatures to calcify, perfectly preserved, as they dry."
To add to the effect, he posed the animals as if they were frozen in life.
Photographer Max Ellis of Teddington, London:
"My kids love Halloween and beg to start decorating the house and carving pumpkins from about October 1. Obviously cut pumpkins only last a couple of days so I carved a small one to keep them quiet. I thought we could have a bit of fun with it making it hover spookily in the back garden."
Ellis waited days to capture the curios creature donning the pumpkin. What an adorable accident.
What an amazingly beautiful collection of animal photos set in the stark of winter.
via Bored Panda
Australia-based photographer Birte Person took these astounding photos of the very rare big cats during feeding time at the Singapore Zoo
"They sit in anticipation on the rocks waiting for the first morsel to be thrown. Then it is a huge lunge into the water by all of them. It carries on at a frantic pace until they all get some food."
See also Portraits of Captive Animals
Hawaii-based photographer Joshua Lambus has created this collection entitled Blackwater.
"Now being underwater I'm inundated with stories, struggles, triumphs. Seeing our fragile ecosystem inch ever closer to the verge of destruction pushes me to continue my work, not only for artistic value, but for a far greater purpose. I hope to tell a story and ask for help for those without a voice."
The circle of life makes for some dramatic photos, from some fantastic photographers...
From photographer Tamara Kenneally:
"The beauty of animals captivates me.
Their truth, instinct and innocence grounds me.
All I ever wanted to do was to be surrounded by animals, they tell you exactly who they are through their eyes and their behaviour.
Humans create so much pain for so many animals and without a voice they can’t tell their stories. I try to speak for them through my images.
I produce bodies of work which look at animal issues whilst also portraying the beauty of the animal.
I like to represent my subjects as the individual souls and personalities they are.
All animals are worthy of a happy, enriched life. All of them. The dog chained up in the backyard. The chicken at the factory farm. The bird in the cage. The tiger at the zoo. The pig in the sow stall. All of them."
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In no particular order, the 5 most amazing photo posts of 2012.
Award-winning photographer Tim Flach brings a portraiture eye and intention to animal photos. Just amazing.
Tiltshift does this interesting thing where it both removes a lot of the distance between you and the subject and distorts it past recognition.
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