ELEPHANTIDAE : OUR COUSIN FROM THE SAVANNAH
Laurent Baheux doesn’t photograph elephants. He wanders the savannah, watching for close companions, relatives, thick-skinned cousins, listening for the horns that herald these friends. He introduces us to the outsized neighbors with whom we share this globe, heavy beings with trumps who amble in herds, folk from another culture, sturdy individuals wonderfully adapted to a vastness in which we are but twigs.
These are big-eared, big-hearted rascals with an acute sense of family and memory to spare. Such admirable aplomb in the face of adversity. These deceptively agile mastodons appear to us in his pictures in all their fellowship jumps out from his photographs, depicting a wisdom, a touching, mocking humano-elephantry!
What does Laurent Baheux have to say about all this?
That we must be kind to our neighbors, protect our kin. Not beasts but brothers
Alexandre Jardin (intro of the book ELEPHANT)
Troupeau d'éléphants, Amboseli, Kenya 2018 © Laurent Baheux