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03/25/2007 11:13:36 PM · #1
For a school project I am researching Gregory Colbert's work on Ashes and Snow. I would like to compare his work to another photographer who uses the theme of the animal - human connection but I can't seem to find any.

Does anyone know any photographers who have used this theme in their work?
03/25/2007 11:24:05 PM · #2
The first image I thought of is 'Connection' by moodville
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But I don't know if this matches what you want or not.

David
03/25/2007 11:42:28 PM · #3
Originally posted by moniepenny:

Does anyone know any photographers who have used this theme in their work?


No, I don't. But I have to say that this photographer is fantastic and his website is friggin' incredible. I clicked on the explore button and I have the 6 channel surround sound on. The sights and sounds combo are out of this world!
03/25/2007 11:44:51 PM · #4
Originally posted by yakatme:

Originally posted by moniepenny:

Does anyone know any photographers who have used this theme in their work?


No, I don't. But I have to say that this photographer is fantastic and his website is friggin' incredible. I clicked on the explore button and I have the 6 channel surround sound on. The sights and sounds combo are out of this world!


He's one of my favorite photographers. Incredible. And none of the subject matter is collaged onto it. The animals and humans were all there when he took the shot.
03/25/2007 11:56:14 PM · #5
Originally posted by moniepenny:

He's one of my favorite photographers. Incredible. And none of the subject matter is collaged onto it. The animals and humans were all there when he took the shot.


Now that you say so, I don't mean to doubt it, but I have to ask if you are sure about it. Several times (I can't specify which shots) I was sure that it had to be a collage of more than one shot. Come to think of it, one does come to mind. It is one in which the person is centered in the frame and facing to our right, and the bird of prey is flying past him on the opposite side of the person from the camera. However, the right wing is between the person and the camera. This seems almost impossible if the bird is overtaking and flying past the person, unless the person in the photo ended up getting smacked pretty hard in the face with the right wing.

There were a couple more that I thought must have been layers of at least two photos, but if, as you say, they weren't then this guy is that much better for getting those shots. Fantastic either way.

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Message edited by author 2007-03-25 23:57:15.
03/26/2007 02:23:22 AM · #6
Originally posted by yakatme:

Originally posted by moniepenny:

He's one of my favorite photographers. Incredible. And none of the subject matter is collaged onto it. The animals and humans were all there when he took the shot.


Now that you say so, I don't mean to doubt it, but I have to ask if you are sure about it. Several times (I can't specify which shots) I was sure that it had to be a collage of more than one shot. Come to think of it, one does come to mind. It is one in which the person is centered in the frame and facing to our right, and the bird of prey is flying past him on the opposite side of the person from the camera. However, the right wing is between the person and the camera. This seems almost impossible if the bird is overtaking and flying past the person, unless the person in the photo ended up getting smacked pretty hard in the face with the right wing.

There were a couple more that I thought must have been layers of at least two photos, but if, as you say, they weren't then this guy is that much better for getting those shots. Fantastic either way.

edit for clarification


Hmm. Well he claims to have made no collages. The birds were trained birds though so that might've helped in the whole positioning them exactly though. I don't know.
03/26/2007 06:17:57 AM · #7
Fascinating. Thaks for introducing me to this.

I don't know the names of any photogrqaphers to compare here - but the ashes and snow material seems to suggest a spirituyal connection between people and animals

I think they might usefully be contrasted with ordinary wildlife photography by a great many photographers of wildlife where the whole point is to catch the animals in its natural habitat and to stress the distance between people and animals.

Also maybe the use of animals in advertyising shots - they often choose a facet of the animals character or reputed character - to draw a connection with human traits. In the UK we had tigers for Esso petrol, (strength), and chimpanzees in costumes for PG Tips tea and many others.

Not photography but you might get some ideas from a book called Men and Pandas by Desmond Morris, who was a famous populariser of anthropology over here. It looks at the history of the relationship between the two species, as pandas go from being mysterious and savage beasts (Teddy Roosevelt was the first European to shoot one I think) to international symbols of cuddly fluffiness. There are some good insights into how the repuation of other species can be manipulated by the media in it.

Hope this helps - what about putting a link to your project on dpc when it's finished - i'd like to read it.
03/26/2007 09:18:59 AM · #8
The 1st image that came to my mind is the famous image by Natioanl Geographic photographer Michael "Nick" Nichols' work capturing Jane Goodall, especially the image Jane and Jou Jou.
03/26/2007 10:30:46 AM · #9
Damn brain not working today but we MUST post that incredible shot with the arms crossed creature of some sort looking through the glass at the kids in the aquarium ... Where IS this image and WHO shot it ?

Someone must have a younger brain than me ... LOL
03/26/2007 10:31:35 AM · #10
Originally posted by hyperfocal:

The 1st image that came to my mind is the famous image by Natioanl Geographic photographer Michael "Nick" Nichols' work capturing Jane Goodall, especially the image Jane and Jou Jou.




Jane and La Vieille is pretty cool too ...
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