Colbert’s ‘Ashes & Snow’

Gregory Colbert image from ‘Ashes and Snow’ via CTV News article

Just by chance (isn’t that the best way?), I came across a fascinating article about Canadian photographer Gregory Colbert, who has spent ten years getting close to wild animals and photographing them as they interact with humans.

Canadian-born Colbert set out to depict humans interacting with wild animals, to display what he calls the “common language” shared by all living things.

His ‘Ashes and Snow’ exhibit winds through Kenya, Sri Lanka, India, Burma, Namibia, Antarctica and Borneo. Its rich visuals are printed in sepia tones, depicting a world without buildings and electricity, where people and animals are equals and friends.

“What I am doing is radically simple,” Colbert told CTV. “It’s the same thing the cave painters would do or the bush men try, to express the music of not just human beings, but of other species.”

‘Ashes & Snow’ is installed in a special architect designed and very beautiful travelling museum, the Nomadic Museum, and is presently at Santa Monica Pier, California. For us armchair viewers, there’s a gorgeous interactive website that you must visit. Plan to spend some longer quiet meditative time looking through the beautiful images, some of which look like fine drawings. Be sure to move your mouse around the image screen to see the thumbnails for more! I hope you enjoy them as much as I have!

January 27, 2006 in Art Exhibitions, Photography by Marja-Leena