Ice is Black by Laurent Baheux


Ice is Black | Laurent Baheux

A PHOTOGRAPHIC JOURNEY WITH A UNIQUE MONOCHROME STYLE TO REDISCOVER THE FAR NORTH AND ITS ULTIMATE AND PRECIOUS ANIMALS

Navigating landscapes as pure as before the Anthropocene era. Encountering the marvels of the animal kingdom—living symbols of life in the wilderness. Seeing them walk, hunt, play, and live, fitting in with their environment so naturally, and then, when the time is right, pressing the shutter. This is what Laurent Baheux cherishes most.

Ice is Black | Laurent Baheux

The french nature photographer known for his b&w work about the African fauna comes back to his Arctic expeditions with a duotone collection of scenes and portraits in a unique style. “In this territory that I did not know, I posed a virgin and contemplative look”, explains the photographer.”I discovered a great desert inhabited by shifting and furtive shadows. The animals that we track for days appear and disappear as if by magic.”

Ice is Black | Laurent Baheux

Open our eyes to an endangered territory

The Arctic is the domain of the Bear, Wolf, Fox and Reindeer gods. Any human incursion must be made with humility and respect. Nevertheless, it is a highly coveted land and that’s why ICE IS BLACK. With this title, Laurent Baheux provides the melting ice, the quest for new sources of petroleum and the associated dangers… It also represents a personal and distinctiv photographic approach on this fragile and harsh environment.

His high-contrast black-and-white images focus the eye on the subject: a bear’s dense fur, the long hairs of a reindeer, a seal’s elastic whiskers, the roughness of the snow, the reflection in the water, the edges of a glacier—all take on a very special quality… their outlines prominent against the backdrop. Like the cold, he is able to ruthlessly strip back the ice and the snow, the blinding sun of the Great North.

The reader is immersed in a photographic journey with more than hundred pictures in the heart of the Far North and closest to its ultimate and precious inhabitants.

Ice is Black | Laurent Baheux

Through breathtaking…

black-and-white images, Laurent Baheux captures with Ice is Black the world’s most beautiful icy landscapes and the fascinating animals that inhabit them.

We get close to creatures and landscapes that seem to be taken out of time. Taken in such far-flung lands as Norway, Iceland, and Canada, Baheux’s images present polar bears and their cubs, foxes frolicking in snow, and seals navigating icy waters. While the photographs convey evocative beauty, they also act as a call to action to protect these magnificent icy lands and the creatures that rely on them.

Ice is Black | Laurent Baheux

Instinct and terrain…

Are the two watchwords of the French photographer Laurent Baheux. Born in Poitiers in 1970, he started his career in the frenetic world of international sport before moving his horizons to wilder climes, where flora and fauna continue to live in freedom.For over 15 years, he has been compiling a collection of images of nature in a dense and high-contrast monochrome style. With his unique approach which rewrites all the rules on wildlife photography, Laurent strives to capture the personality and humanity in every animal as distinct individuals. He adopts the role of wildlife portrait artist, where aesthetics and sensitivity take precedence over a more documentary style. Close- up or misaligned shots, noise or grain, stark and deep blacks, he explores every possibility in order to magnify his subject rather than simply showing it.

He is an active member of environmental protection organizations such as the WWF, the GoodPlanet Foundation, the Jane Goodall Institute, and the Cheetah For Ever Association. In 2013, he became a goodwill ambassador for the UN Environment Programme in a campaign combating poaching called Wild & Precious. His photographs are on show in galleries and are featured in a number of books, publications, and exhibitions in France and abroad.

Ice is Black | Laurent Baheux
Ice is Black | Laurent Baheux

TeNeues

192 pages Hardcover
125 duotone photographs
27,5 x 2,5 x 34 cm / 10 5/8 x 1 x 13 3/8 inch.

Text English / French / German ISBN 978-3961710485

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Ice is Black | Laurent Baheux

Laurent Baheux

192 pages Hardcover
125 duotone photographs
27,5 x 2,5 x 34 cm / 10 5/8 x 1 x 13 3/8 inch.

Text English / French / German ISBN 978-3961710485

www.laurentbaheux.com

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Ice is Black | Laurent Baheux
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