THE DEPARTED 2015
Archival Pigment Print on 315gsm Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta Paper
Each is signed, dated and numbered on the front.
Edition Size: 12
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Print Size: 37" x 44.5"
Framed Size: 48” x 55.5" (122 cm x 142.3 cm)
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Framed Size: 67” x 78.4” (170 cm x 200.7 cm)
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David Yarrow's Statement about THE DEPARTED:
This impactful image taken late one afternoon in Mkomazi Game Reserve in Tanzania has a level of simplicity that be- lies the complications in its capture. I can see no better way of conveying the power and prehistoric face of a rhinoceros than using a wide-angle lens with a remote control body strategically placed on the ground in the predicted path of a rhino.
This approach has a high failure rate – if it didn’t, there would be more pictures knocking around like The Departed and I can’t find a single one. Not only is the image pin sharp, but also the rhino is totally uninfluenced by the camera on the ground – he is being a rhino, not a model for a photo shoot. The focus was set to manual and the light prejudged, so there was a great deal left to chance, but equally I have been working on attaining an image like this for four years. Remote control work is an art in itself and over the years I have learnt a great deal. It is a cognitive process that leans mostly on analysis of previous misjudgments.
The key is to be ambitious in setting the focus no more than three feet from the camera. This will then give the head of the animal a disproportionate amount of the frame. It is a low percentage approach, but then again who wants to deal with high percentage photography? That’s a little dull.
Tony Fitzjohn is a legend in East Africa. Only a rare few have had feature films telling their story and he is one. ‘To Walk With Lions’ documented his early days with George Adamson in Kenya and his move to Mkomazi. He knows black rhinos well and knows this one particularly well. This proved to be of critical importance in predetermining the position of the camera relative to the watering hole (over the years much of my work with rhinos has involved the calculating use of watering holes). Without him, I had no chance of taking this image and I am so grateful for his advice and support.
Tanzania has a shocking history of tolerance to poaching and since the 1970’s, the rhinoceros population has fallen from 3000 to just 90. Only recently has this troubled country be- come more progressive in conservation, but it may well be too late.
So this image is rare at two levels. Firstly, it depicts one of the 90 remaining black rhinos in the country and how spiritually uplifting to have captured him in seemingly the very best of form. Secondly it does this with a spectacularly rare angle of view.
This image is called ‘The Departed’ to honour the 99% of rhinos in Tanzania that have indeed Departed, just as in the Oscar winning film with the same title – very few are left at the end to tell the story. What a dreadful legacy of our tenancy of this planet and only a few men like Tony can possibly save the rhinoceros from extinction in Tanzania.
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.