Joel Sartore, a wildlife photographer famous for his portraits of endangered species against solid white and black backdrops, has a new book out, Rare. I love Sartore’s work, which strips animals of their context and forces the viewer to confront each individual creature’s uniqueness and vulnerability, so I eagerly watched the video trailer for his book. It did not disappoint. In addition to the beautiful images, I loved the many little photos at the beginning of the film all slowly slipping away like sand. Also, the narration provides a nice little primer in how to talk about some of the more selfish reasons people should care about saving wildlife. Anyway, check it out:
A Thousand Species from Joel Sartore on Vimeo.
Sartore also has an even more beautiful and eerie series of moving portraits, which parallel his still images. It gave me goose bumps.
RARE from Joel Sartore on Vimeo.
It’s not too late. Amen.