Laurent Baheux

Crossing the Plain II

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This photograph represents a parade of wild elephants traversing the plains of the African savannah. Magnified by a surprising play of light and shade revealed through the use of black and white, the elephants appear within a vast and contrasting natural landscape. The photographer pays tribute to the beauty and dignity of this species and promises to reveal to us the most essential elements of nature.Sensitive to the powerful majesty of these mammals, the artist confronts them in a visual paradox in which they are also shown to be highly vulnerable. This is because this silent and solemn march also proves to be a testimony to their progressive extinction. Protected natural areas are becoming more rare as human intervention increases, wild animals soon come to lack resources: ?Everywhere that humankind progresses, nature regresses.? The sublime and the tragic are thus combined in this timeless image that re-establishes, if only for a moment, the supremacy of the animal kingdom within the natural order.

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Laurent Baheux

Laurent Baheux was attracted to journalism and editing at first, rapidly discovering a passion for wildlife photography. He has always been fascinated by Africa. From 2002, during a visit to Tanzania, he began personal work on the wild fauna. From then on, he chose black and white, with its play of shadows, to immortalise rare and ephemeral natural scenes, constantly seeking to sublimate the animals, to capture the magnificence of their attitudes and the emotion of their gaze. His artistic career in black and white reached a turning point when he was nominated for the international Wildlife Photographer of the Year in 2007 in the ?Creative Vision of Nature? category. Through a stylised aesthetic approach that stands out from traditional photography, Laurent Baheux magnifies the nature and wildlife he encounters, whether it be tigers, lions, giraffes, elephants, or migrating birds.

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