Ashes and Snow is a photographic body of work that is absolutely stunning. The photographer is Canadian born Gregory Colbert. His photography sets out to explore the poetic sensibilities of animals in their natural habitat as they interact with human beings. None of the photographs are digitally composited or enhanced.
Here are a few examples, but when you have a quiet moment, you must go to explore this online interactive experience. Click on the “enhanced” version and make sure the speakers are turned on. Then click EXPLORE.
In the artist’s words:
In exploring the shared language and poetic sensibilities of all animals, I am working towards rediscovering the common ground that once existed when people lived in harmony with animals. The images depict a world that is without beginning or end, here or there, past or present.
Gregory Colbert’s Ashes and Snow is an ongoing project that weaves together photographic works, 35mm films, art installations and a novel in letters. With profound patience and an enduring commitment to the expressive and artistic nature of animals, he has captured extraordinary interactions between humans and animals.
None of the images have been digitally collaged or superimposed. They record what the artist himself saw through the lens of his camera. While Colbert uses both still and movie cameras, the images are not stills from the film.
The animal subjects of the photographs and films include interactions with both wild animals and also those that have been habituated to human contact.
To date, Ashes and Snow has attracted over 10 million visitors, making it the most attended exhibition by a living artist in history.