Zack Seckler: Botswana, Robin Rice Gallery, New York

The raw beauty of Africa is captured in photographs taken less than 500 feet above the ground in Botswana, Zack Seckler’s first photographic exhibition. The images record vistas from above in exquisite detail, revealing landscapes in a way usually invisible to those on the ground. From this unique vantage point, animals, vegetation and salt ponds appear magical, the unique view enabling Seckler to create scenes that are simultaneously familiar and unfamiliar. The exhibition runs 15 January until 23 February at Robin Rice Gallery, New York.

As he soars over the wildlife and its surrounding beauty, the earth deconstructs into parts and shapes and audiences see the subtle, aesthetic moments within the iconic landscapes. Seckler said: “Being above the ground at such low elevations, and having the ability to precisely manoeuvre, was like gliding over an enormous painting and being able to create brushstrokes at will.”

The artist describes each frame as having its own story. In Botswana Bath (2009), the black stripes of four zebras pop against the contrast of milky water and brilliant green moss. Tiny waves create symmetrical patterns, appearing like perfect brushstrokes. The soft colour palette re-imagines the African landscape into something ethereal, giving it a whimsical, fairy tale quality.

Zack Seckler: Botswana, 15 January – 23 February, Robin Rice Gallery, 325 West 11th Street, NY 10014.

1. Kalahari Crossing, 2009, Zack Seckler.