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Ashes and Snow

an exploration in media of the interactions between humans and animals around the world

 

To say that photographer Gregory Colbert has a unique way of looking at the world is an understatement.

The website of his lifelong project, Ashes and Snow, is a fascinating multimedia experience. If you have a broadband/high-speed Internet connection, you'll see wings moving behind the boy on the opening page. The "enhanced" experience delivers elephants rising from a river and flapping their ears. Even if you're on dial-up, the "basic" experience provides enough clues to keep you intrigued.

Once inside the website, "Vision" offers the most complete sense of what's happening. Colbert's opening statement says: "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." Links to the other elements of the exhibition include photographs, a novel, a film, and the installation itself, which is one of the more fascinating elements of this project.

Choose "Exhibition" at the main page and you'll find a link for "The Nomadic Museum." That's a journey you want to take. It explores the "space" that accompanies the photographic installation around the world. Created by architect Shigeru Ban as a temporary and moveable structure consisting of 152 steel cargo containers, its open-weave design provides a unique atmosphere and lighting wherever the images are shown.

 

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