Into The Forest

James Kydd


Archival Print on Baryte Paper, Ed 25 Prints


90cm x 123cm

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A mother elephant and calf move deeper into the mystical winterthorn forests of the Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia (an area currently under threat of being used for copper mining). The smoke from a bushfire hung in the air that day, adding to the prehistoric feel of the forest these elephants seemed to be retreating into. The consideration that someday scenes like this will only exist in photographs seems like a cliché, until you consider the recent resurgence in man’s hunger for ivory. We are currently losing an elephant to poaching every fifteen minutes.

“Of all African animals, the elephant is the most difficult for man to live with, yet its passing – if this must come – seems the most tragic of all. I can watch elephants (and elephants alone) for hours at a time, for sooner or later the elephant will do something very strange such as mow grass with its toenails or draw the tusks from the rotted carcass of another elephant and carry them off into the bush. There is mystery behind that masked gray visage, and ancient life force, delicate and mighty, awesome and enchanted, commanding the silence ordinarily reserved for mountain peaks, great fires, and the sea.” 

― Peter Matthiessen, The Tree Where Man Was Born

This image received an Award of Excellence in the prestigious Picture of the Year International Competition.