Gregory Colbert: Nature’s living masterpieces


Gregory Colbert

is one of the most inspiring person to have ever lived. Born in 1960 in Toronto, he is a Canadian film-maker and photographer, but he is so much more than just a film-maker or just a photographer. He does not create photography or films, he creates feelings, he creates magic, his photographs speak for the world, speak for nature and for a better future.

Contemplating Colbert’s photographs and video installations is letting the viewer’s mind travel with the notes of the rhythm of the symphony. His artwork does exactly what it should do, leave space for the imagination, leave space for the viewer to think about things. Think about the beautiful world we are living in, think about real nature which is often so far away from our industrialized cities.

Ashes and Snow

He is best known for having created Ashes and Snow, an ongoing project traveling the world with no final destination through the Nomadic Museum, bringing together more than 50 large-scale photographic works, 35mm films, art installations, a novel in letters and our hearts. After having travelled to Venice, New York, Santa Monica, Tokyo, and Mexico City, to date Ashes and Snow has attracted more than 10 million visitors, making it the most attended exhibition by a living artist in history.

Colbert began creating Ashes and Snow in 1992 and this on-going project aimed at bringing together humans with the world of animals, or rather with the “nature’s living masterpieces”, brought him to innumerable locations including India, Egypt, Burma, Tonga, Sri Lanka, Namibia, Kenya, Antarctica, the Azores and Borneo. We, humans , are one and only with nature.

The “nature’s living masterpieces”

Sensing a freedom of the soul…

Apart from his pictures, the film he created is one of the most breathtaking works of art to the present day. Colbert chose to film the animals in their native habitats in an effort to be true to each animal’s voice, giving them a voice which speaks loud in the silence. The film is not only a work of art, but also a poem in its true nature.

What I’d like to stress is not only the striking nature of Colbert’s pictures, but also the poetry represented in the music used as a background to the film. Very much resembling to the symphonic rock of the Japanese band MONO, a music project formed in Tokyo in 1999 by Takaakira Goto, Yoda, Tamaki Kunishi and Yasunori Takada. While MONO has not contributed to the film, their influence is strong, especially since Colbert has very strong links with the Japanese culture. On another note, the film was edited by two-time Oscar winner Italian-American Pietro Scalia and is narrated by Laurence Fishburne (English), Ken Watanabe (Japanese), and Enrique Rocha (Spanish). Musical collaborators include Michael Brook, David Darling, Heiner Goebbels, Lisa Gerrard, Lukas Foss, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and Djivan Gasparyan.

Feather to fire, fire to blood, blood to bone, bone to marrow, marrow to ashes, ashes to snow……

Flying Elephants part 1 and 2:

In addition.. One of the best artworks, music artworks by MONO in collaboration with World’s End Girlfriend – Part 3:


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