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HKFP Lens: ‘Inherit the dust’ captures wildlife devastated on East Africa’s wastelands

Inherit the Dust is a series of panoramic photographs which capture disappearing wildlife in East Africa.

Quarry with Giraffe Nick Brandt

Photo: Nick Brandt. Quarry with Giraffe. 2014, courtesy of Blue Lotus Gallery.

Animals once inhabited in the now-blasted landscape owing to urban encroachment.

Alleyway with Chimpanzee Nick Brandt

Photo: Nick Brandt. Alleyway with Chimpanzee. 2014, courtesy of Blue Lotus Gallery.

Elephants are poached to cater for ivory in the luxury market.

Quarry with Lion Nick Brandt

Photo: Nick Brandt. Quarry with Lion. 2014, courtesy of Blue Lotus Gallery.

“These now dystopian landscapes – as Nick Brandt’s unvarnished, harrowing but stunning work reveals – brings us face to face with a crisis, both social and environmental, demanding the renewal of humanity itself,” an introduction for the series reads.

Underpass with Elephants Nick Brandt

Photo: Nick Brandt. Underpass with Elephants. 2015, courtesy of Blue Lotus Gallery.

The series was photographed between 2014 and 2015. It consists of unreleased portraits of animals, taken over prior years, printed life-size and glued to large panels.

Wasteland with Rhinos Nick Brandt

Photo: Nick Brandt. Wasteland with Rhinos. 2015, courtesy of Blue Lotus Gallery.

These panels were then placed in within a world of urban development, locations where animals such as these used to roam but – as a result of human impact – no longer do.

Nick Brandt Giraffe Joshua Yeh

Photo: Joshua Yeh. Making of photographing factory with a giraffe. 2015, courtesy of Blue Lotus Gallery.


A Hong Kong exhibition will take place at Blue Lotus Gallery from 13 March – 22 April 2020. Click here for more information.

HKFP Lens: 'Inherit the dust' captures wildlife devastated on East Africa's wastelands