Harrowing Photographs Depict East Africa's Dystopian Future

Harrowing Photographs Depict East Africa's Dystopian Future

Image Cache: Africa is one of the last great holdouts for charismatic megafauna. But as the human population continues to grow and industrialise, lions, zebras and elephants are being edged out of existence. A harrowing new series by photographer Nick Brandt makes this transformation visceral. Browse through the cool photos, animations and diagrams in Gizmodo's Image Cache here.

In Inherit the Dust, Brandt juxtaposes the factories and urban wastelands spreading across East Africa with life-sized portraits of animals that once lived there. The images are not Photoshop tricks, but rather, the photographer created the installations during an extensive four-month travel campaign. From a chimpanzee resting in a dusty alleyway to rhinos trampling through garbage heaps, the series has a tragic beauty that transcends cultural boundaries, cutting to the heart of what it means to live at the dawn of the Anthropocene. It's a call to action to preserve Earth's remaining megafauna; the vestiges of a planetary heritage which once existed across Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas.

"Mainly, it's about all of us," Brandt writes in an accompanying Inherit the Dust photobook, which is now available for purchase. "Significantly, it's about the terrifying number of us, and the impact of the very finite amount of space and resources for so many humans."

Courtesy of Brandt, we've shared a few of the series' stunning photographs below. More of Brandt's work can be found here. Inherit the Dust exhibitions will take place through April and May in Los Angeles, London, Berlin, Paris and Stockholm.


Harrowing Photographs Depict East Africa's Dystopian Future

'Alleyway With Chimpanzee'

Harrowing Photographs Depict East Africa's Dystopian Future

'Factory With Chimpanzee'

Harrowing Photographs Depict East Africa's Dystopian Future

'Factory With Rhino'

Harrowing Photographs Depict East Africa's Dystopian Future

'Quarry With Lion'

Harrowing Photographs Depict East Africa's Dystopian Future

'Road to Factory With Zebra'

Harrowing Photographs Depict East Africa's Dystopian Future

'Road With Elephant'

Harrowing Photographs Depict East Africa's Dystopian Future

'Underpass With Elephants'

Harrowing Photographs Depict East Africa's Dystopian Future

'Underpass With Rhino and Egret'

Harrowing Photographs Depict East Africa's Dystopian Future

'Wasteland With Cheetahs and Children'

Harrowing Photographs Depict East Africa's Dystopian Future

'Wasteland With Elephant'

Harrowing Photographs Depict East Africa's Dystopian Future

A behind-the-scenes look at the making of Brandt's 'Wasteland With Elephant' image.

Harrowing Photographs Depict East Africa's Dystopian Future

'Wasteland With Lion'

Harrowing Photographs Depict East Africa's Dystopian Future

'Wasteland With Rhinos'

All Images: Nick Brandt

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