Photographer Nick Brandt has been exploring east Africa for a couple of decades now, bridging the lives of local people and animals with the rest of the world through his captivating monochrome photography. And this time he brings yet another amazing story from Lake Natron, a lake which turns dead animals into stone.
Lake Natron in northern Tanzania is undoubtedly a very harsh place to live as the temperatures in the lake can sore up to 140 F (60 C), and its alkalinity is between pH 9 and pH 10.5.
During his trip there Brandt found dead birds calcified and washed ashore. According to Nick : “No one exactly knows how the animals and birds die?? But, it seems like the extremely reflective nature of the lake’s surface confuses them, and like birds crashing into plate glass windows, they crash into the lake.”
All Nick did was to arrange the dead birds in “living positions” to create these eerie images of the living dead.