lethal lake natron calcifies animals into stone-like corpses lethal lake natron calcifies animals into stone-like corpses
oct 03, 2013

lethal lake natron calcifies animals into stone-like corpses

lethal lake natron calcifies animals into stone-like corpses
calcified flamingo, lake natron, 2010
image © nick brandt 2013 / courtesy of hasted kraeutler gallery, NY

 

 

 

while traveling northern tanzania for a pictorial journey of east africa, british photographer nick brandt unexpectedly came upon a number dead birds and bats that appeared to be made out of stone. the animals had washed up along the shoreline of the lethal lake natron, a salt lake located near the kenyan border. the waterway contains a deadly chemical composition — a very high soda and salt content — which causes any creature who dares to dip in to die, calcify, and remain perfectly preserved as they dry. brandt notes that the chemical level was so extreme, that while he was capturing the images, the ink stripped off his kodak film boxes within just a few seconds.

 

the mummified species are the eerie aftermath of nature’s nightmarish unpredictability. for his monochrome portraits, brandt carefully removes the found birds from the water and places them in living positions, perching them on branches, and arranging them as floating figures on the stagnant shore. the posed compositions reanimate the lifeless animals, alive again in death. brandt has sent designboom images of the series of inanimate animals, which you can see below:

 

 


calcified bat II, lake natron, 2012
image © nick brandt 2013 / courtesy of hasted kraeutler gallery, NY

 

 


calcified fish eagle, lake natron, 2012
image © nick brandt 2013 / courtesy of hasted kraeutler gallery, NY

 

 


calcified swallow, lake natron, 2012
image © nick brandt 2013 / courtesy of hasted kraeutler gallery, NY

 

 


calcified songbird, lake natron, 2010
image © nick brandt 2013 / courtesy of hasted kraeutler gallery, NY

 

 


calcified dove, lake natron, 2010
image © nick brandt 2013 / courtesy of hasted kraeutler gallery, NY

 

  • I think the bat photo is upside down.

    Jane says:
  • creepy

    dbkii says:
  • The bat should be upside down

    Johannes Paulus says:
  • “dead are alive” , simply superb

    manoj says:
  • If it “causes any creature who dares to dip in to die”, how come it is the only regular breeding area in East Africa for 2.5 million Lesser Flamingoes?

    Source: Popular search engine and Wikipedia

    Meija says:
  • Awesome!

    Dirk16 says:
  • the bat picture is upside down, not just for the “bat” look at the mountains behind.

    paula says:

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