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A Shadow Falls

by habituallychic

11 . 08 . 09

It’s no secret that I am dying to go on an African safari but until I get there, I’m going to continue to gaze longingly at Nick Brandt‘s stunningly beautiful black and white photographs that I saw today on Luxury Culture. They are on exhibit at A.galerie in Paris until 24 December 2009 and are also compiled into a book A Shadow Falls that is definitely going on my Christmas list. The photos are like the gorgeous photographic love child of Peter Beard and Richard Avedon. You feel like you are looking into the souls of the animals and one could also say that Nick Brandt has also captured the soul of Africa with his photography. They will leave you moved and touched and perhaps compelled to book the next plane to Africa.

Photos by Nick Brandt

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  1. Cherish November 8, 2009 | 4:41 am


  2. Keri Shrimpton November 8, 2009 | 4:52 am

    These are really, really stunning…I do indeed feel like I’m looking into the souls of the animals, and in a few of the pictures, it even feels like they’re looking into mine!

  3. Karena November 8, 2009 | 4:55 am

    Beautiful, poignant images. Wouldn’t that be a wonderful trip!!

  4. GlobeTrotter November 8, 2009 | 5:19 am

    Thank you for these! I recently joined the Foreign Service with USAID and will be posted in Southern Africa and I cannot wait to go on Safari!

  5. Renee Finberg November 8, 2009 | 12:33 pm

    these are so beautiful.

    love them.

  6. Aussie New Yorker November 8, 2009 | 12:38 pm

    If you want to see his photography closer to home, the Staley-Wise gallery in SoHo has represents him. They have wonderful photos both small and large

  7. Laura Casey Interiors November 8, 2009 | 1:05 pm

    Beautiful photographs, thanks for sharing.

  8. home before dark November 8, 2009 | 2:13 pm

    There is such a lovely respectful, graceful feeling in these photographs. The intelligence radiates.

  9. petalpusher November 8, 2009 | 4:21 pm

    This photographer photographs with his entire being.
    Majestic! The title of his book couln’t be more perfect.

  10. Ashfield Hansen Design Inc. November 8, 2009 | 4:55 pm

    Fantastic! They almost don’t seem real.

    David @ Ashfield Hansen Design

  11. Daniel M. Hale November 8, 2009 | 8:12 pm

    Hauntingly beautiful pics.Will seek out the book. Thanks, Daniel

  12. sarah @ realestatestyle November 8, 2009 | 10:32 pm

    These pictures are amazing

  13. Camilla @ Designalogue Blog November 8, 2009 | 10:39 pm

    Beautiful pictures indeed!
    I will meet you on safari – I’ll be the one in the canvas tent full of fabulous antiques and dressed as Meryl Streep in Out of Africa!!

  14. Chic Coles (Cole Design) November 8, 2009 | 11:01 pm

    I love these photographs. They are really stunning. My sister went on a safari to Africa and got to see all of these animals and she said she had such an amazing time. I would love to go.

  15. Gaj November 8, 2009 | 11:03 pm

    I saw this exhibition in both Mexico City and Buenos Aires a couple years ago. Stunning. A must see!

  16. phoenix November 9, 2009 | 3:40 am

    Wow! Absolutely stunning photos! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  17. columnist November 9, 2009 | 10:30 am

    The picture with the cheetah in the tree is stunning. I went on safari to Kenya nearly 30 years ago, and it was a truly magical experience, which I would love to repeat. Unfortunately my photography was so bad compared to these. I was also in my early twenties, and I think I would be a lot more high maintenance than I used to be vis-a-vis creature comforts, (no pun intended on the word “creature”).

  18. columnist November 9, 2009 | 10:32 am

    On closer inspection, maybe it’s a leopard in the tree, because I know they do climb them; the head appeared to be as small as a cheetahs.

  19. Alaina @ Live Creating Yourself November 9, 2009 | 2:30 pm

    What beautiful photography! I can’t choose a favorite… I want to say that series of three with the lions (particularly the one of the male and female together). But then I see the giraffe portraits and am once again left undecided.

  20. kbd November 9, 2009 | 3:58 pm

    If you like these photos, I can only recommend that you make that African trip a priority… having grown up in South Africa, I can only say that there is nothing like being in the bush, the smell of the earth, the African sun on your face. Go!! It is so worth the cost and travel time.

  21. Mark November 9, 2009 | 4:45 pm

    I’m going to Kenya over Christmas and new year and am very excited, but i don’t think my photos will be anything like these…

  22. La Maison Fou November 9, 2009 | 4:45 pm

    The precise reason for Out of Africa & the Safari collection from RL.

  23. Pati Monroi November 10, 2009 | 3:07 am

    Fantástico !

  24. A Life More Fabulous November 10, 2009 | 2:56 pm

    I’ve been completely besotted with his work since I discovered On this Earth a few years ago. I just bought this new book as a gift for my dad who lives in Malawi 🙂
    Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos!

  25. Dobbygirl November 10, 2009 | 7:04 pm


  26. VictorianCobweb November 13, 2009 | 3:23 pm

    What stunning photography – the black and white is just beautiful!