Legends of the Fall
LEGENDS OF THE FALL
Archival Pigment Print on 315gsm Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta Paper
Each is signed, dated and numbered on the front.
Edition Size: 12
Available in the following sizes:
Print Size: 37" x 58"
Framed Size: 48” x 69" (122 cm x 176 cm)
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Print Size: 56" x 88"
Framed Size: 67” x 99” (170 cm x 252 cm)
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Framed in David Yarrow's custom black ash frame with white archival mat and UV protective acrylic.
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David Yarrow's Statement about LEGENDS OF THE FALL:
We have an intense familiarity with Skogafoss in Iceland - a u shaped auditorium that may suck away the light, but it draws in the storyteller. We consider this ice age geological creation to be the best waterfall in the world with which to play with layered narratives. Every time we go back, we have more experience of what does and doesn’t work. It is still a true test for us and failing is very possible. We have often underachieved here and that hurts as this is a spectacular place.
There are two big issues to deal with: firstly, a shoot can only be done before the tourists arrive and that means an early start and a pre-breakfast finish. But for a third of the year, the light before 9 am is suboptimal - so timing and planning is everything. This is not a winter shot unless the roads are tricky and the tourists can’t make it until 10 am.
The far bigger issue is that the closer we are to the waterfall, the more intense the spray.
Such is the volume of water that positioning even 200 yards from the bottom of the waterfall is akin to being in a very impressive multi jet shower room. Move in 50 yards and it equates to being in a torrential downpour setting and move 50 yards further in and the camera will not last long. It is, of course, against all my principles to compress distance and that dictates getting close.
I have come to like a position about 125 yards out, but the spray only gives me one second each time to take a shot before the front of the lens is soaked. That makes the whole process very challenging, especially as I am lying in the water. Everything gets very wet and that kind of caps the time to get an image to about 10 minutes a time. Then there are the horses to consider too.
This is the strongest image I have taken at Skogafoss over the last 10 years. I think we were all done by 7 am. It is always rewarding when the end result is far better than the preconception.
The most relevant tips for working here are have loads of lens cloths and take a hot shower within 30 minutes. It is an intense experience that close to the waterfall’s base.
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.