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The Picture | The Story

The Picture | The Story

Nick Brandt, Wasteland with Elephant, 2015


An elephant strides across the savannah towards camera. But where a sea of grass once was, all is human garbage.

The original photo of the elephant is a previously unreleased shot taken in 2008. A beautiful bull with the unlikely name of Little Male. He was speared the year after this photo was taken, but survived, and is hopefully still alive in the Amboseli ecosystem in southern Kenya.