Nick Brandt has a new book out, called A Shadow Falls. To coincide with the book’s publication, Nick is having several exhibitions in galleries such as Atlas Gallery, Young Gallery and Camerawork Gallery. In the introduction to his book, Vicki Goldberg points out that many pictures convey a rare sense of intimacy. Nick avoids the use of telephoto lenses, choosing instead to incorporate the landscape and get close to the animals in a way which is more akin to normal seeing. We don’t see life through telephoto lenses. His large scale sepia images are indeed intimate, and his use of medium format film gived the images an endearing quality.
In a moving foreword to the book, Animal Rights Campaigner Peter Singer points out that animal sentience is clearly acknowledged in the images, describing animals as conscious beings capable of suffering and enjoying their lives. I have always maintained in my own books that only by recognising animals as fellow sentient beings, will we find it repugnant to abuse them.
Why is his book called A Shadow Falls? It forms the middle of a trilogy of books, the titles of which will make a complete sentence. The first was On This Earth, so I guess we will have to wait for the final book to know the entire sentence.