The Day May Break is an ongoing global series portraying people and animals that have been impacted by environmental degradation and destruction. Chapter One was photographed in Zimbabwe and Kenya in 2020, Chapter Two in Bolivia in 2022.

The people in the photos have all been badly affected by climate change, from extreme drought to flood, destroying their homes and livelihoods.


The photographs were taken at several sanctuaries and conservation areas. The animals are almost all long-term rescues, victims of everything from habitat destruction to poaching, and can never be released back into the wild. As a result, they are habituated to human presence, so it was safe for people unknown to them to come close and be photographed together.

The fog, created by fog machines on location, symbolizes a natural world now rapidly fading from view. It is also an echo of the smoke from wildfires, intensified by climate change, devastating so much of the planet.

However, in spite of their loss, the people and animals are survivors. And therein lies possibility.

In France, Nick Brandt is represented by Polka Galerie in Paris.

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