Tanzania’s Lake Natron is one of the most serene lakes in all of Africa, but it’s also the source of some of the most eerie photographs ever captured. You see, Lake Natron has a very deadly secret, it turns any animal it touches to stone.
This incredibly rare phenomenon is caused by the chemical makeup of the lake, the alkalinity of Lake Natron varies between pH 9 and pH 10.5. Which is so caustic it burns the skin and eyes of animals that get too close to the water, leaving behind something straight out of a horror film, as can be seen in these incredible shots captured by photographer Nick Brandt for his book, Across the Ravaged Land. It should be noted the animals weren’t found in these haunting positions, here’s what Nick had to say:
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.
Great atmospheric photos by Liat Aharoni
Liat Aharoni is a Canadian photographer based in Toronto. Although she started photography recently (april 2012), she already shows a great mastery. The atmosphere of each photo is really captivating with an interesting raw and dark dimension. You can see more photos on her portfolio, her 500px and her Facebook
Christer Karlstad. Another gem from Europe, Norwegian born contemporary figurative artist, studied at The Norwegian National Academy of Fine Arts and Glasgow School of Art. His works are categorized as ‘staged mysticism’ - I love that term! Each work is like a frozen story needing to be explored.