PETER BEARD'Hog Ranch Front Lawn, Night Feeder (2:00 am) with Maureen Gallagher & Mbuno, Feb. 1987'
- Peter Beard
- 'Hog Ranch Front Lawn, Night Feeder (2:00 am) with Maureen Gallagher & Mbuno, Feb. 1987'
- Gelatin silver print with ink and collage elements
- 50 3/8 by 71 3/8 in. (128 by 181.3 cm.)
Nejma Beard and David Fahey, eds. Peter Beard (Taschen, 2008), unpaginated
Photofile, Peter Beard (New York, 2008), pl. 31
For Beard, subject matter, rather than mastery of exposure or printing, is of primary importance, and he is the first to admit that technology is not his forte. The present masterpiece is evidence of his focus on subject and timing rather than equipment; Beard took this iconic image with a disposable camera. In the brief flash of the camera, Gallagher appears almost as if carved from marble, still and illuminated in the dark night. His major domo and tracker Mbuno stands in the shadows of the background to the left of the shot.
Peter Beard uses his photographs as a canvas to which he applies various mediums in order to create a narrative, always highlighting his concern for wildlife and environmental conservation. The present large-format work, with blood, extensive embellishment, handwritten quotes in various inks, drawings of animals and other collaged elements, creates an artwork with its own unique composition.