The Canadian photographer Gregory Colbert is obviously in love with elephants. And whales. And eagles.
Look at his fantastic Flash-based website – Ashes and Snow – and you will think that the images were manipulated in Photoshop or some mysterious process in the darkroom. According to this article, Colbert’s images “represent the actual and the possible.”
“The project consisted of 25 expeditions to around the world, to document the interaction between animals and humans, to India to photograph the elephants that are his first love, to Sri Lanka, South Africa, Egypt, and the oceans off the Azores.”
The images from this 10-year project are of epic proportions: “The prints are approximately three feet by ten, on dense, Japanese cloth-like parchment manufactured in a secret medieval process.”
The Ashes and Snow photography exhibition is on view (by ticketed admission) at Hudson River Park’s Pier 54 at West 13th Street, New York City, from March 5 to June 6, 2005. The show is open Tuesdays through Sundays and closed on Mondays. General admission for an adult is $12, with varying prices for other age and economic circumstances, along with a “pay as you wish” admission on Tuesdays.