Sunday, 6 October 2013

"Calcified" Dead Birds at African Lake

Both National Geographic and New Scientist recently ran features on these arresting photographs by Nick Brandt recently.

He took the photographs at a remote African lake, after finding strangely preserved dead birds and animals washed up along the shore. Although I'm not sure what I think about such 'posed' photographs by an otherwise perhaps 'documentary' photographer, they're certainly astonishing images. Temperatures in the lake can reach 60c, and it has a pH value of around 10 - it's a hostile environment for wildlife. Nearby locals claim they've seen birds crash into it, confused by its mirrored surface.

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