His images are a visceral fusion of Ansel Adams’ composition, David Attenborough’s intimate knowledge, and Ridley Scott’s visual drama.
David Yarrow’s commitment to ‘capturing the splendour of what remains wild and free in our world’ allowed him to transcend wildlife photography and become one of the world’s leading fine art photographers. He has travelled pole to pole, to the world’s most remote habitats to allow us a glimpse of the truly untamed. The resulting images are unerringly iconic and connect with us on a primal level; of curiosity, desire, and fear.
The danger laced through every photograph is no illusion – to bring us these images Yarrow has been held at gunpoint in South Sudan, waded through the crocodile-infested Nile, and had to remember the advice of ‘if you run, you’ll die’. That’s the price of entering the unknown, a scattered place that diminishes with every passing year.
His images are a visceral fusion of Ansel Adams’ composition, David Attenborough’s intimate knowledge, and Ridley Scott’s visual drama. Physical perspective is one of the things that makes Yarrow’s work stand out from all others. Following Robert Capa’s advice of ‘if your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough’, Yarrow uses remote control cameras and enticements to bring polar bears, lions, and tigers to his camera for face-to-face confrontations. Every image is the result of hours of logistical preparation and deep psychological knowledge of his subjects.
Even Yarrow’s definition of creativity involves commitment and determination. When asked what it means, he responds, ‘For me, being creative means that you have to transgress, break borders, and break rules… To be creative means also that you have to do a lot of homework: ideas can come up, but research can be an instrument to create things. With proximity, which means getting really close, you can reach the soul of creation’.
When you bring a David Yarrow piece into your home, you are also supporting the Tusk Trust – a charity committed to amplifying the impact of progressive conservation initiatives across Africa. 10% of all of David Yarrow’s Photography sales to go the Tusk Trust, to help preserve the very world he unveils and keep the unknown alive for a little longer.