Saturday, November 09, 2013

When travelling through East Africa British photographer Nick Brandt came across several dead birds and bats that looked as if they had been made of stone. Intrigued by what he had found, Brandt captured these mysterious looking photographs below.

It turns out that the animals had taken a dip in Lake Natron, a lethal salt lake located in northern Tanzania. The water contains very high soda and salt content that causes the unfortunate animals to calcify, remaining perfectly preserved as they dry. To capture the photos, Brandt rearranged the animals in life-like positions so they could be “reanimated, alive again in death.”

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