• Country Lions
Random trip to Frenchman Laurent Bajo (Laurent Baheux) to Africa turned madly in love with the Dark Continent for him. 8 years spent in search of Bajo untouched corners of the African savannah, embodied in the photo project "The country of lions" (Terre des Lions) and the same book of beautiful black and white photos of the lions, and their neighbors.
Each of those who watched the African fauna in the wild, it is clear fuzzy feeling, appearing at the same time in the shower: a mixture of admiration and respect, but at the same time, fear, mistrust and admiration for this power and majesty. And the best translation of this feeling - pictures, when one picture is worth a thousand words ...
In spite of all the power and cruelty, wildlife breathes in man new strength and charm forever. And sensitive photographer Laurent Bajo felt it and was able to "grab": his photos "hold". His pictures are transferred to wild continent, as it was before man set foot there.
Now, a fragile life balance is disturbed, "terra incognita ubi sunt leones" (since before the era of geographical discoveries, people called an imaginary land where their ideas live alone lions) fell one of the many victims of human greed and selfishness. Today we have only remnants of the former greatness of the Wild Empire.
Laurent Bajo wants to reveal to us the "survivors" of Africa and the way they were before the arrival of white men. In his pictures have survived the last traces of the world in its "natural size" of the animal kingdom: sometimes tender, often cruel, strong, but at the same time, such a vulnerable world. Laurent admits that he "removes not just animals, and captures the beauty of the animal, which is in us" and that the photographer so wants to keep showing people ...
Laurent Bajo - self-taught photographer who has long worked in the field of journalism and editing. Hard work and talent it opened the door to the world of photography. Thanks to a long collaboration with sports magazines Laurent Baheux got a chance to cover major sporting events, in particular he was interested in extreme sports. And always the photographer was fascinated by Africa. In 2002, after a trip to Tanzania, Laurent Bajo began working as an independent artist.
Photographer works executed in black and white, because, according to Laurent, it is this color scheme is most clearly underlines the splendor of the relationship between animals and their appearance, habits. Especially interesting master endangered species. Laurent Baheux cooperates with many environmental companies to protect the environment and trying to save the planet's ecological diversity. His "Country Lions" - a real ode to the wild.