Defense, Archival Pigment Print, 2019, 121 x 210 cm, ed. 12 + 3 AP und 165 x 300 cm, ed. 12 + 3 AP
Amboseli, Kenya, 2019
The 18 elephants in this group probably weigh as much as five London double-decker buses. I am not sure how they have managed to line up in descending height order for me, but that is exactly what happened in the dustbowl of the Amboseli dry lake one glorious evening in late August. It is a formidable group to be staring down at a single human lying on the ground in front of them. These encounters, on this raw and elemental amphitheatre, are one of nature’s great spectacles. Unfortunately, there have been very few in the last year as the lake has been flooded. I have learnt that the best lens for a head on encounter is a 200mm - it allows room for some distance between me and the elephants - necessary from a safety perspective, without using too much magnification which can crush the emotion and sense of place.
David Yarrow was born in Scotland and is currently based in London. David Yarrow is known for travelling the world’s remotest regions to capture compelling images of nature as we‘ve never seen it before, and is redefining wildlife photography in the process.
His monochrome photographs are bursting with life, vitality and movement, yet the majority of Yarrow’s subject matter, from rampaging bull elephants in Kenya to Inuit hunters and Bornean orangutans, is living on the brink of extinction. This is nature at its most majestic – and its most fragile.
Yarrow’s unorthodox camera angles and unique shooting methods transport the viewer right into the heart of the action; with split-second timing, he crystallises a single instant of drama into an image so immersive that it cannot be viewed in just a few moments. These are photographs to linger over.