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Michel Ghatan

(Swiss, b.1975)

Gentle Giant

Tawi, Kenya, 2020
archival pigment print on Hahnemühle paper
24 x 36 in. / 36 x 48 in. / 40 x 60 in. / 60 x 90 in. (paper size)
signed and numbered

Direct from the artist’s studio

All photographs are signed and numbered and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the photographer.

“January 2020. Tawi near Amboseli, Kenya.

Mesmerizing creature. Gentle Giant. 

We saw Tim again on a rainy morning after spending 3 full days next to him.  Uninterrupted. What a privilege this place is. 

I keep telling myself: How majestic this elephant is. His slow movements, his facial expression while carrying those enormous tusks. His wisdom. His grace. It touches me even through the viewfinder of my camera. 

Between a photographer and his subject lies a secret language...a code...that not many people can fully comprehend. Yes, there is that dance; a dating process even, until this incredible tusker decides on his terms to pose for me with all his stature. 

His beauty commands respect. To be this close is an overwhelming experience. His long tusks touch the ground and his ears are wide open; eyes gunning straight down at me. 

I gently fall on my knees and take his portrait with a 35mm lens. It’s a defined moment in your life that gives you goosebumps like nothing else and I will always treasure this image.” - Michel Ghatan

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