PJs and pith helmets are optional for these “Close Encounters.” And the shots, taken by photographer Alan Brown, are spectacular.
“Close Encounters,” an exclusive new Gallery Giclées™ series hand-signed by award-winning photographer Alan Brown, brings the thrill of the safari right to the comfort of your home. By focusing solely on the subject and eliminating the background, the individual patterns and intricacies of African wildlife are highlighted.
Consider, for instance, a zebra’s stripes: On the move, a herd of zebras creates a dizzying target for a lion, making it more difficult to isolate an individual. While their stripes protect zebras from predators, they also provide a means of identification for family members. Much like fingerprints, zebras have unique stripe patterns, enabling a mare and her foal to keep track of each other in the herd. These same patterns also allow them to distinguish their herd from that of another.
Alan Brown's fascination with subtle nuances such as zebra stripe patterns first began when he developed a passion for photography in high school. Over the years he perfected his technique, and in 1990, he journeyed to Kenya and Tanzania where he applied it to great effect.
Brown takes the viewer on a visual safari to witness wildebeests thundering up a cloud of dust, or a male lion guarding his kill, or a mama leopard resting high on a branch. But even as he aimed and clicked these sights, Brown could also see changes taking place. He saw the last of wild dog packs, and he regretted the passing of big tusker elephants. Brown photographed the rhinos in the Ngorongoro Crater where they are monitored, and he photographed mountain gorillas in Rwanda and Uganda, working with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund. His outstanding wildlife photography has been recognized and honored with a three-month, one-man exhibit at the prestigious Cleveland Museum of Natural History.