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Photographer’s Images of Calcified Animals Show Nature Frozen in Time

Have you ever seen calcified animals frozen in time? Check out these amazing pictures from photographer Nick Brandt.

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Image via nickbrandt.com

Like figures from a Tim Burton film, the animals in these images from Nick Brandt’s book Across the Ravaged Land are incredible to say the least.

Taken in Tanzania at Lake Natron, where a chemical imbalance in the water pushes the alkalinity to between pH 9 and pH 10.5, the pictures capture a number of animals who died from caustic burns and literally turned to stone as they dried.

Brandt didn’t find the animals this way, and put them in “living positions” himself for the photographs. According to Viralnova.com, Brandt says “I unexpectedly found the creatures – all manner of birds and bats – washed up along the shoreline of Lake Natron in Northern Tanzania. The water has an extremely high soda and salt content, so high that it would strip the ink off my Kodak film boxes within a few seconds. The soda and salt causes the creatures to calcify, perfectly preserved, as they dry. I took these creatures as I found them on the shoreline, and then placed them in ‘living’ positions, bringing them back to ‘life’, as it were. Reanimated, alive again in death.”

See more of Brandt’s work in the below, and here.

Calcified Bat

Nick Brandt

Calcified Reflected Flamingo

Nick Brandt

Calcified Fish Eagle

Nick Brandt

Calcified Caped Dove

Nick Brandt

Calcified Bat II

Nick Brandt

Calcified Swallow

Nick Brandt

Calcified Songbird

Nick Brandt

Calcified Swallow II

Nick Brandt

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