The world of wild animals by Andrey Gudkov

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20th July 2013

The photo album “Neighbors on the planet”

Over the past few years, I’ve visited many remote spots on our planet where nature still yet preserves its primeval beauty, untouched by omnipresent technical progress and globalization. Such places are so wild and impassable that tourists prefer not to go there. Money has no value there. This is the condition which has allowed many animals to preserve, but the world around us is changing catastrophically fast and a wildlife photographer’s mission is to attempt to capture and show to people the disappearing, rare beauty and multiplicity of life forms that modern humanity can still meet with in the world. The photo album “Neighbors on the planet” is the result of more than seven years of painstaking work, seven hundred shooting days and more than two hundred thousand shots of original shots from world-renowned national parks and reserves in thirteen countries: Russia, the USA, Canada, Cuba, adagascar, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, the Galapagos Islands (Ecuador), the CAR, Indonesia, India, and the DRC (Zaire) . I’ve returned to some countries more than once to photograph animals in different periods of life and different times of year. You’ll peek into a world hidden from outsiders’ eyes by the thick canopy of the jungles in Congo-Brazzaville, the DRC, the Central African Republic, and Indonesia; you’ll see the eyes of the tiger hidden in the pre-dawn fog of the Kanha and Bandhavgarh National Parks in central India, you’ll become a witness to the Great Migration in Kenya; you’ll see how lemurs dance and whales jump at Madagascar, you’ll come face to face with mountain gorillas in the impassable jungles of Uganda…And so, welcome to the world of wildlife – so mysterious, unpredictable, beneficent, cruel, sad, funny, and… delicate!


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