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Michel Ghatan

(Swiss, b.1975)

Skull on the Dry Lake

Amboseli, Kenya, 2019
archival pigment print on Hahnemühle paper
36 x 24 in. / 48 x 36 in. / 60 x 40 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.

"This picture has a special place in my heart. It is difficult for us to accept but grief is part of life. 

The Lake Bed of Amboseli is a flat and dry area which was 10,000 years ago a large and permanent lake of 40 meters deep. Today it is a small seasonal lake existing only after heavy and prolonged rains. Most of the dry-lake bed is covered by alkaline white ashes, remains of the eruption of the Kilimanjaro a few thousands of years ago. When dry, you can drive on the lake bed for hours and perhaps never see another car. The size and condition of the elephant's skull suggest it was the remains of a young adult and its been left for years. Right across the skull, this long highway of elephant footprint tracks was likely a few weeks old; made after it rained for the soil to compress and resist better. Total emptiness around. 

This tells you about the world of elephants. They are highly intelligent creatures with deep emotions. Like us they celebrate life and also mourn their loved ones." - Michel Ghatan

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