Simien Mountains, Northern Ethiopia 2018
Archival Pigment Print on 315gsm Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta Paper
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Edition Size: 12
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David Yarrow's Statement about MEMBERS ONLY:
On most assignments, I tend to travel with a full range of Nikon prime lenses – albeit tilted to their wide angles. But this last week, when I travelled to the spectacular Simien Mountain range in Northern Ethiopia, I travelled light as intuitively I knew that I only needed to take my “go to” 28mm wide angle lens.
The reason for this was 2 fold – firstly I knew that the views are so majestic and biblical from the 12,000 feet peak of the escarpments, that any image that didn’t convey this narrative would fail. Secondly, my research has repeatedly told me that with the right local guide, the gelada baboon would not only be found with ease 2 hours after dawn and 2 hours before dusk around the escarpment edge, but also that proximity would not an issue. This made the 28mm lens an easy choice.
The air is thin at 12,000 feet and I was glad of a light camera bag. But I still found myself easily out of breath and grumpy because the mornings were simply not working. The view down from the escarpment takes the full brunt of the morning sun and the gelada’s eyes narrow and squint when facing the sun. I never like working “with the light anyway”, but it was clear that the big opportunity for the preconceived shot would be from 5 pm onwards. The gelada is the most decorative ape in the world – it’s beauty can’t be compromised by harsh light.
On Sunday afternoon, there was a torrential rain storm and I had all but given up for the day. But around 4 pm, the rain and thunder stopped and the escarpments were slowly brought to life with shafts of low late light. And so it was that we left the comfort of our dry camp and in one precious moment, I had the perfect encounter with a male gelada in exactly the kind of spot I would have dreamt of. Better still, the rain had transformed his hair from its traditional style into an electrified one. A bit like the 'Grumpy Monkey' from a few years back, freak weather has given the image the edge.
I do for my job for moments like this. This photograph – as well as any I have taken in the last few years – hammers home the diversity of our planet. The human was trespassing in the ape’s mountain kingdom. His eyes say everything – the conviction of proprietorial residence for sure, but also dignity and resolve. Meanwhile to me, they will alway remind me to never go anywhere without a 28mm wide angle lens.
DAVID YARROW BIOGRAPHY:
Born Glasgow, Scotland in 1966., David Yarrow took up photography at an early age and as a 20-year-old found himself working as a photographer for The London Times on the pitch at the World Cup Final in Mexico City. On that day, David took the famous picture of Diego Maradona holding the World Cup and, as a result, he was subsequently asked to cover the Olympics and numerous other sporting events.
Yarrow’s evocative and immersive photography of life on earth is most distinctive and it has earned him an ever growing following among collectors. He has firmly established himself as one of the bestselling fine art photographers in the world, with the limited edition prints regularly selling at over $70,000 and with recent work selling in the six figures at auction.
At the Sotheby’s photography auction in London in May 2017, Yarrow’s iconic image from South Sudan – MANKIND – was sold for $75,000, the highest of the 100 lots in the show. In April of 2018 year David’s image “The Wolf of Main Street” sold for $100,000 and was the highest bid for piece by a living photographer. Most recently “78 Degrees North” went for an even more impressive $110,000.
In 2016, Rizzoli New York published Yarrow’s latest book – Wild Encounters – with a foreword written by HRH The Duke of Cambridge (Prince William). The book was awarded “Art Book of 2017” by Amazon and has already sold out a second print run. All Yarrow’s royalties from the book continue to be donated to Tusk, the leading British NGO that focuses on animal conservation in Africa.
Philanthropy and conservation are central to David Yarrow’s passion to document the animal and human world in a fresh and creative way. In 2019 charitable donations from the sale of David’s images exceeded $2.5 million.
David Yarrow is brand ambassador for Land Rover and UBS Bank; he is European ambassador for Nikon Camera. In December 2017 he shot Tag Heuer LVMH’s latest “Don’t Crack Under Pressure” campaign with model and actress Cara Delevingne. In January 2019, David collaborated with American icon Cindy Crawford.
In September 2019, Rizzoli published Yarrow's 368 page photography monograph, showcasing 150 of David’s strongest images from the past two years. The book features a foreword written by global NFL star Tom Brady and an afterword written by American cultural icon Cindy Crawford. All royalties from this book will be donated to conservation charities Tusk, in the UK and WildAid, in the US.