just finished a short birdwatching tour in Austria, and
when we finished, we had a day in Vienna. Some Cofee Central,
a sundowner in the bar of Hotel Bristol, a cake at Zacher,
a dinner in the Drei Hussaren, and I never missing to show
the Natural History Museum' exhibition, which is among the
best of the entire World.
During a stroll I noticed a new book of Nick
Brandt, my very-very favourite nature photographer,
and I was - again - just blown away! I was speechless. There
is nothing new to say about photography, and not too much
was born since Cartier-Bresson or the autochromes, but Nick
made something exceptional, just like another englishman,
Martin Colbeck did. According to a critics "...The
composition of Nick Brandt’s nature photographs couldn’t
be more perfect if he posed the animals himself. His images
have an almost magical quality, as seen in his incredible
‘Lion Before Storm’. ...Brandt’s photographic
eye elevates the photography of wildlife from journalism
into fine art...". And this is what I am missing
most in this digital age. I enjoy action wildlife photography...
for seconds. But thats all about technics, money and competition.
I am also working on digital only, but its doesn't mean
I like it. Commercionalism kills everything... Somebody
said and I am agree with: "...Digital is like shaved
legs on a man - very smooth and clean but there is something
acutely disconcerting about it..." Nick brought
back something almost lost, not only the ethernality of
the vanishing Eastern African landscape, but the quintessence
of true photography, made on film, large format, and B&W.
is a great interview with Nick (PDF, 0.7 MB)...
... don't miss his website!...
some example of his artwork bellow.