“Africa Noire” is a monotone series of photographs that pay tribute to the majestic lion and the fantastic landscapes that make up the vast plains of East Africa.
Järventaus originally had a background as an artist in the video game industry. But during an African safari some years ago, he discovered his deep passion for photography and for wild animals. In the series above, they are both on display. While his subject is the lions themselves, Järventaus also injects his artistic vision into the images. He strives to go beyond documentation and to convey the magical, mysterious quality of lions that speaks to him most strongly. In order to maximize the effect he is seeking, he shoots mostly in black and white and on rainy days (with soft lighting).
As Järventaus continues to photograph his subject, his appreciation for both the medium and the animals has deepened. Besides perfecting his own aesthetic vision and communicating the beauty of what he has seen, Järventaus hopes his images can help inspire a future in which wild animals are still able to roam freely in the world’s unspoiled landscapes.
Editors’ Note: We discovered this great work when Pekka Järventaus submitted some of these photos to the LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards. Even though the international jury did not select the submission as an award winner, the editors of LensCulture liked the work so much, that we decided to publish a feature article about it and post it to Facebook, as well. Enjoy!