Sebastiao Salgado at the Natural History Museum, London

On a very wet Saturday (this past weekend) my Son and I visited Salgado’s magnificent exhibition titled ‘Genesis’ at the Natural History Museum in London.

IMG_5000It was the August Bank Holiday weekend  – not the quietest weekend in the year. It seemed that every child in Southern England was there to see the Dinosaurs and as everyone was wet by the time the massive queue allowed them into the Museum, the place was almost steaming with the humidity from drying clothes.

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I waited a long time to find only one person on the balcony!

The exhibition too was crowded but in contrast to the noise elsewhere this was a haven of hushed conversation.

‘Genesis is the culmination of eight years’ travel around the globe by Sebastiao Salgado photographing its remaining pristine environments, their animals and peoples.’

IMG_4990There are over 200 superb, astonishing and inspiring B&W images from the furthest corners of our planet on display. The collection includes landscapes from the remotest wilderness areas of the world – Antarctica, Alaska and Siberia, to name just three –  and documentary studies of the wild life, and importantly the indigenous communities and tribes still untainted by modern society, in Africa, Amazonia, Indonesia, Siberia and elsewhere.

The exhibition closes on 8 September. If you are in the UK and have an opportunity, do not miss this exhibition. This is the showcase of a Master Photographer. And also a reminder of the fragility of our planet’s biodiversity.

Finally, Genesis will surely tour – keep your eyes and ears open for news of its future destinations across the world.

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About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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12 Responses to Sebastiao Salgado at the Natural History Museum, London

  1. ken bello says:

    I regret I will surely miss this exhibit but it does seem worth waiting for.

  2. Wonderful shots Andy but I really love the first one one with the reflections of the building on the sidewalk.

  3. That first image with the relfections is terrific Andy. Very well composed and captured.

  4. theaterwiz says:

    Great series, the reflection shot is very clever

  5. I like the textures and reflections you’ve caught in those wet squares, and the reduced tonality of the picture as a whole.

    • LensScaper says:

      Many thanks for your comment, Steve. The light was quite dull when I took this shot, and so the tones were really quite subtle. I had to work quite hard during the processing to get a little bit of additional contrast into the final image

  6. Jim Nix says:

    that’s probably my favorite spot in London, so beautiful! nicely done Andy!

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