Africa by Laurent Baheux

Africa by Laurent Baheux

Laurent started photographing african fauna in 2002 during a trip in Tanzania. He immediately decided to take pictures of wildlife only in b&w. “Africa is rich in colors but for me it is a land of light and contrast”. From this date and during more than 10 years, he traveled in the East of Africa in many wild areas, South Africa, Namibia, Tanzania, Kenya, Botswana and more.

Laurent never prepares his photo trips because he prefers to be surprised by what nature wants to give and shoots primarily with 600mm and 800mm lenses to maintain an unobtrusive distance from his subjects. The photographer presents photos which emphasize attitudes, animals with almost human looks. He also wants to show the vividness of these species which are still living, but more than ever threatened and the immense richness that they represent for the planet.

“I don’t know how photography can help preserve the wild ecosystems, but I am happy when people understand that animals are just as ‘human’ as us, they have personalities and feel emotions and experience the idea of family just like we do.” Laurent tells ShutYourAperture.

Laurent Baheux - Need of tenderness, Kenya, 2013 - 900 × 650 - 72 dpiLaurent Baheux - Cub after the nap, Lion, Kenya, 2006, 900 x 720 - 72 dpiLaurent Baheux - Magic horn, Kenya 2013 - 900 × 500 - 72 dpiLaurent Baheux - Elephants family, Kenya, 2007 - 900 x 450 - 72 dpiLaurent Baheux - Lion in the grass, Kenya, 2013 - 900 × 900 - 72 dpiLaurent Baheux - Exodus of elephants, Kenya, 2013 - 900 x 600 - 72 dpiLaurent Baheux - Dust explosion, Kenya 2013 - 900 × 720 - 72 dpiLaurent Baheux - Rhino portrait, South Africa, 2004 - 900 x 900 - 72 dpiLaurent Baheux - Giraffe in the bush, Kenya, 2013 - 900 x 600 - 72 dpiLaurent Baheux - Rhinos quartet, Kenya, 2013 - 900 × 650 - 72 dpiLaurent Baheux - Buffalo portrait, Kenya, 2006 - 900 x 900 - 72 dpiLaurent Baheux - Hide-and-seek, Kenya, 2013 - 900 × 720 - 72 dpiLaurent Baheux - Caravan, Kenya, 2013 - 900 x 600 - 72 dpiLaurent Baheux - Race in the savannah, Kenya, 2013 - 900 × 900 - 72 dpiLaurent Baheux - Complicity, zebra and birds, Kenya, 2014 - 900 x 900 - 72 dpiLaurent Baheux - Lion portrait, Kenya, 2006 - 900 x 800 - 72 dpiLaurent Baheux - Lion in the wind, Kenya, 2013 - 900 × 900 - 72 dpiLaurent Baheux - Lioness portrait, Namibia, 2004 - 900 x 900 - 72 dpiLaurent Baheux - Reticulated giraffe shattered, Kenya, 2013 - 900 × 1000 - 72 dpiLaurent Baheux - Crocodile, Botswana, 2010 - 900 x 600 - 72 dpi

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About the Author

Edin Chavez
Travel junkie, animal lover, troublemaker, daydreamer and a bit obsessed with my camera. Addicted to documentaries, coffee, hot sauce, and blue cheese.
  • John Payne says:

    Good to see such difficult subjects in the habitat exposed so nicely in B/W!

  • Mirella Cotella says:

    Stunning wild animals images, really a great work!

  • Eileen Macleod says:

    Beautiful work.

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