The Photographic Alphabet: H is for Erik Hijweege

The Photographic Alphabet: H is for Erik Hijweege

 African Lion © Erik Hijweege

African Lion © Erik Hijweege

Project: Endangered

The whole Endangered project was a remarkable and sometimes shocking journey of discovery around our planet and its threatened animal species. My guide on this voyage of discovery was the IUCN’s Red List. What I find downright shocking is the fact that in 2018 there are more than 22,000 species on the list with a status ranging from vulnerable to critically endangered.

It’s just over four years ago now that I went back to the roots of photography -- the 19th century collodion process which involves pouring the emulsion on the glass plate yourself. Fascinated by the beauty of the imperfections inherent in this manual technique, I started on 'Endangered'. The fragility of the glass and the authentic nature of the process seemed to me to fit well with the animals’ vulnerable status.

By capturing and immortalising threatened animal species in ice I’ve put a small number of the animals on a pedestal. I hope that 'Endangered' will serve as an inspiration to people to be careful with our planet.

 

 Asian Elephant © Erik Hijweege

Asian Elephant © Erik Hijweege

 Black Rhinoceros © Erik Hijweege

Black Rhinoceros © Erik Hijweege

 Emperor Penguins © Erik Hijweege

Emperor Penguins © Erik Hijweege

 Hawksbill Turtle © Erik Hijweege

Hawksbill Turtle © Erik Hijweege

 Komodo Dragon © Erik Hijweege

Komodo Dragon © Erik Hijweege

 Polar Bear © Erik Hijweege

Polar Bear © Erik Hijweege

 Sumatran Tiger © Erik Hijweege

Sumatran Tiger © Erik Hijweege

More of Erik's work can be found on her website here

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