A photographer par excellence. Despite some reservations about digitally-enhanced/appended fine art works, I can safely put those concerns in the back seat after viewing this presentation.
The use of filter-boosted B&W as the medium to accentuate nuances and tone in often dramatic skies (notwithstanding his obvious additional tweaking in Photoshop) is well considered as a tool for this striking visual poetry. The placement of the animals is uplifting for its sheer scale of beauty and drama, no less concentrated by Brandt's deft application of tilt. I think colour for any of these scenes would have been too much of a distraction — unfulfilling and failing to proselytise pattern, tone and texture so often timelessly, faithfully reproduced in monochrome. Brandt's "in-your-face" style of documentary animal photography is high on emotive pathos, quite apart from the instant jolt of wonderment: the viewer is not just looking at a print, but being drawn into the landscape to eyeball the subjects and serene animals in their own world. I love all these expansive landscapes: dramatic and poised and speaking reams for his skill wielding a big camera at distances most native Guides in the Serangeti would immediately warn emphatically against (I know this from my niece who joined a 6-week Safari there in February). Looking at some of these prints a tingle went up my back that any moment now the elephant was going to come charging out of the frame into the gallery!
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