22 October 2013
Last updated at 14:30
The final part of Nick Brandt's photographic trilogy charting the natural landscapes and native wildlife of East Africa has gone on show at the Atlas Gallery, London.
Across the Ravaged Land, the culmination of 10 years of work follows Brandt's On This Earth and A Shadow Falls.
“Whilst the landscapes retain the intense beauty of Brandt’s earlier works, and the animals in all their majesty continue to resonate with human sentiment, there is a sense of tragedy and destruction in many of the images,” says the Atlas gallery.
Brandt's characteristically striking animal portraits accompany works exploring new themes such as human presence and the repopulation of the landscape with animal remains.
"The photographs of rangers with tusks are all from elephants killed at the hands of man within the Amboseli Tsavo ecosystem," explains Brandt.
"The rangers in the photos are part of the team from Big Life Foundation, the non-profit organisation I started in September 2010 in an effort to halt what was an alarming and massive escalation of poaching in East Africa," adds the photographer.
"Africa is Africa because of the animals there. The elephants, lions, giraffes, cheetahs, rhinos - they are all iconic creatures that exert a powerful, deep emotional and mythical hold over our imaginations. But we can no longer take their presence for granted," says Brandt.
Nick Brandt: Across the Ravaged Land runs at the Atlas Gallery, Cork Street, London, until 10 November 2013. A book to accompany the exhibition is published by Abrams Books.