Nick Brandt, photographer from London, is one of the few, who ever considered taking pictures of wild fauna. Opposite to the standard approach on capturing the dramatic single action of the animals, he focuses on the beauty of the static shots in the iconic plains of the East Africa.
There’s one thing I do whilst shooting that I believe makes a big difference:
I get extremely close to these very wild animals, often within a few feet of them. I don’t 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 they’re almost presenting themselves for a studio portrait. -says Nick Brandt.