Here’s a wonderful little film about nature photographer Peter Beard (VIDEO)


posted Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 3:16 PM EDT


Nature photographer Peter Beard opens up about his work and life in the wonderful short film embedded below. Titled "Peter Beard: A Wild Life," the poetic and probing five-minute video from director Derek Peck, was shot at Beard's home in Montauk, Long Island.

In the film, which is featured on Nowness, Beard ruminates on documenting the diminishing wildlife of Africa and man's impact on the continent's majestic landscapes. Beard -- whose current work combines photography, found objects and text into evocative collages -- is best known for his images of elephants in Kenya in the 1960s and 70s.

"It does the heart good to see what nature has made available to us,” he says in the video. “Nature is the best thing we’ve got.”

Beard also continues to believe in the power of photography.

"There's so many things you can photograph. The motion. The accidents. You know, I've always thought it was magic. I mean, photos can be magic if you have a little accident involved."

(Via Reddit)