Nick Brandt. HALIMA, ABDUL AND FRIDA, KENYA, 2020. Limited Edition.

Nick Brandt. HALIMA, ABDUL AND FRIDA, KENYA, 2020. Limited Edition.

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28 x 37 inches.

From an edition of 12

The Day May Break is the first part of a global series portraying people and animals that have been impacted by environmental degradation and destruction.

The people in the photos have all been badly affected by climate change - some displaced by cyclones that destroyed their homes, others such as farmers displaced and impoverished by years-long severe droughts.

The photographs were taken at five sanctuaries/ conservancies. The animals are almost all long-term rescues, victims of everything from the poaching of their parents, to habitat destruction and poisoning.

These animals can never be released back into the wild. As a result, they are habituated. So the animals and people were photographed together in the same frame.

Halima and her husband lived in NE Kenya, where they raised livestock. But years of severe successive drought were so bad that the wells dried up, and their cows, goats, and even camels, died. Halima’s husband left her, so she & her kids had to move south to Nanyuki, where she now has to do menial jobs.

In 2018, Frida, a greater kudu, was found, very young, at the entrance to Ol Jogi Conservancy - a high possibility her mother was killed by hunters. Kudu are declining in population across areas of sub-Saharan Africa due to illegal bushmeat poaching, habitat loss, and deforestation.

The fog is the unifying visual. We increasingly find ourselves in a kind of limbo, a natural world now fading from view.

Created by fog machines on location, the fog is also an echo of the suffocating smoke from the wildfires, intensified by climate change, devastating so much of the planet.

However, in spite of their loss, these people and animals are the survivors. And therein lies possibility and hope.
Nick Brandt's series and accompanying books have been The Day May Break (2021); This Empty World (2019); Inherit the Dust (2016); and the trilogy, On This Earth, A Shadow Falls Across The Ravaged Land (2001-2012).

Brandt has had solo gallery and museum shows around the world, including New York, London, Berlin, Stockholm, Paris and Los Angeles.

He is co-founder of Big Life Foundation, that works to protect the animals and ecosystem of 1.6m. acres in the Amboseli/Kilimanjaro/Tsavo ecosystem in Kenya and Tanzania.

Learn more about Nick Brandt.

Sales benefit conservation initiatives from Big Life Africa.

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