Wednesday, October 4, 2017

“One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got into my pajamas I'll never know.”                                                                                                            
– Groucho Marx

Close Encounters

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.

“Close Encounters”
© Alan Brown
40” x 40”
Hand-signed giclée on canvas


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.

It often took hours to capture just the right images...waiting for the sun to cast the perfect rays on his subject. With an artist's eye, Brown would then compose and crop...clicking the shutter at just the right moment.

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.

“Close Encounters” presents African wildlife in a whole new light, revealing all of its fascinating detail. The first release in the Close Encounter series, Zebra Mother and Child (shown above), is now available at Gallery One.  Call or stop in and prepare to be amazed!


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