I fancy myself as something of a photographer, but looking at the work of Nick Brandt makes me think I should pack it in because I’ll never be able to accomplish what he’s done in his work.
Brandt began his photographic career in East Africa, beginning the body of work that is his signature subject matter and style.
Brandt’s first book of photographs, On This Earth: Photographs from East Africa, was published in October 2005, by Chronicle Books, with forewords by Jane Goodall and Alice Sebold (author of “The Lovely Bones”).
Brandt discusses how he gets such amazing shots:
I get extremely close to these very wild animals,often within a few feet of them. I dont use telephoto lenses. This is because I want to see as much of the sky and landscape as possible–to see the animals within the context of their environment. That way, the photos become as much about the atmosphere of the place as the animals. And being that close to the animals, I get a real sense of intimate connection to them, to the specific animal in front of me. Sometimes a deliberate feeling that theyre almost presenting themselves for a studio portrait.
Dick Brandt photo books: