“In exploring the shared language and poetic sensibilities of all animals, I am working towards rediscovering the common ground that once existed when people lived in harmony with animals. The images depict a world that is without beginning or end, here or there, past or present.”—Gregory Colbert, Creator of Ashes and Snow
I found Gregory Colbert’s work by accident in a Google+ post. When I viewed the gallery, I was stopped in my cyber-tracks. I’ve always felt a closeness for and enjoyed my interactions with other species. (sometimes, much more than with my own) and the way in which Colbert communicates this idea is just breathtaking. For those with a high bandwidth internet connection, the Flash-based gallery is one of the best implementations of this format that I have ever seen. Colbert’s vision is well worth a visit.
Gregory Colbert’s Ashes and Snow is an ongoing project that weaves together photographic works, 35mm films, art installations and a novel in letters. With profound patience and an enduring commitment to the expressive and artistic nature of animals, he has captured extraordinary interactions between humans and animals.
His 21st–century bestiary includes totemic species from around the world. Since he began creating his singular work of Ashes and Snow in 1992, Colbert has undertaken photographic and filming expeditions to locations such as India, Egypt, Burma, Tonga, Sri Lanka, Namibia, Kenya, Antarctica, the Azores, and Borneo.