The Elephants in the RoomRegular price Sale price $100.00
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Title: The Elephants in the Room
Location: Erindi, Namibia, 2018
You’ve heard of the phrase, “the Elephant in the room”? It’s meant to signify an enormously important topic that is very obvious, but everyone chooses to ignore. Lately, there’s a lot of Elephants in the room. And if you decide to read on, I promise there’s a point to the following paragraphs.
Most people are aware or have at least heard about one or more of the following: The decline in wildlife, the threats to our life-support ecosystems, our oceans, glaciers, forests. Historical loss of biodiversity, disease, droughts … I could go on. But I won’t. Because if you’ve read this much, you probably get the point. Though, gosh, it sure does sound apocalyptic sometimes when they’re listed out. But again, stick with me for a minute.
Now, all of this is incredibly overwhelming. I know. But if you’re feeling any connection to nature at all, I’m sure you must know at least a little something about any one of these topics I listed. Or at least you’re interested to learn more. All of them at once, well, that’s too much. But one at a time, maybe it’s easier to have a discussion with a friend starting with the idea of one vs. all. Right?
Here’s my one request if you do bring this portrait into your home. If you gift the portrait, send the following along with it.
I want you to assign a specific “Elephant” topic to each of the Elephants in the photograph. It can be anything really. You don’t have to stick with the few examples that I’ve listed so far, but it should be something related to the state of nature in the world. Something worth discussing, debating, or learning more about. Examples you could use might include “How to help save the jungles of Borneo”. Or “Should people be allowed to hunt wildlife for conservation?” Or “What is the Paris Agreement, and will it make a difference?” But you don’t have to choose such heavy topics, if you don’t want to. You could start small. “What’s a good way to support wildlife locally?”
Now, here’s the key to the whole thing. Each time someone visits, whenever that’s a thing again, if they ask about the photograph, I want you to ask them to pick any Elephant at random. Once they do, you can tell some modified and personal version about the reason for the title of the artwork “The Elephants in the Room” and start a conversation about the topic assigned to the Elephant they picked. At least this way… we can finally start talking about the Elephants in the Room… I guess I’m just asking you to start with literal Elephants on the wall.
Resources & Inspiration: Living Planet
IMPORTANT NOTE: The dimensions for this image are different from the standard for the following sizes:
SMALL: Total size is 11.8 x 8 inches - with 0.2-inch border – recommended frame is 8 x 12 inches. Edition of 100.
MEDIUM: Total size is 17.1 x 11.8 inches - with 0.6-inch border – recommended frame is 18 x 12 inches with mat. Edition of 100.
LARGE: Total size is 23.5 x 15.5 inches - with 0.5-inch border – recommended frame is 24 x 16 inches with mat. Edition of 25.
EXTRA LARGE: 190 x 126.7 cm – Edition of 15
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