India's Elephants by Annette Bonnier
Annette Bonnier, 2013
215 Color Photographs, 13" x 10"
Forward By Steve McCurry
Annette Bonnier is a documentary photographer who traveled throughout India over a 3 year period photographing the lives of domesticated and wild elephants. She has focused on a society, which revels in the joyous magnificence and spiritual presence as well as the hardships of an amazing animal. She has captured the world surrounding their lives delicately interwoven in Indian Society.
This collection of photographs is a cultural documentation of this complex and majestic animal, with its intelligence, intricate social hierarchy, and highly evolved communication skills, and is caught in a changing world between the past and the future. The images guide us through villages, temples, logging camps and circuses where elephants labor, delight and inspire worshipers and tourists to the final image of the Lord Ganesh, a spiritual culmination of a cycle between man and beast.
Proceeds from Sales of India's Elephants benefit ANCF - Asian Nature Conservation Foundation in India