Daniel Naudé

Sightings of the Sacred

Daniel Naudé is a photographer from my hometown of Stellenbosch, South Africa who is well-known for his amazing photographs of South African animals, which were showcased in his debut exhibition Animal Farm (and book - which i suggest you buy stat). for the past two years Daniel has been working on his next exhibition Sightings of the Sacred, travelling to Uganda, Madagascar and India to photograph cattle in societies where they are considered sacred.

For the past two years Naudé has focused on photographing cattle in societies where these animals are revered and venerated. This is a position far removed from the Western world where they are mostly seen as productive sources of milk, meat and skins. Naudé first photographed the Ankole cattle in Uganda, renowned for their majestic horns which ideally curve out and then inward, forming a shape like a lyre. In his portraits of cattle, Naudé brings into our time the long tradition of depicting the natural world with its rich references to classification and comparison.

i have known Daniel since school days, so it’s even more awesome to see his wonderful work celebrated both here and internationally (his work was recently shown at Paris Photo in LA, follow him on Instagram here). you can catch the exhibition at the Stevenson gallery in Cape Town till the end of May or see the entire exhibition online here.

Daniel Naudé: Sightings of the Sacred
Daniel Naudé: Sightings of the Sacred
Daniel Naudé: Sightings of the Sacred
Daniel Naudé: Sightings of the Sacred
Daniel Naudé: Sightings of the Sacred
Daniel Naudé: Sightings of the Sacred
Daniel Naudé: Sightings of the Sacred
Daniel Naudé: Sightings of the Sacred
Daniel Naudé: Sightings of the Sacred
Daniel Naudé: Sightings of the Sacred
Daniel Naudé: Sightings of the Sacred
Daniel Naudé: Sightings of the Sacred
Daniel Naudé: Sightings of the Sacred
Daniel Naudé: Sightings of the Sacred
Daniel Naudé: Sightings of the Sacred
Daniel Naudé: Sightings of the Sacred

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In Daniel Naudé’s first solo show, he presents a world that appears to be a fairy tale, or a fictional place: We see a donkey with the grace of a race horse. Next to an impossibly beautiful rainbow, a white mule almost turns into a unicorn. The hills and veld that Naudé invites us to traverse are filled with wonderful creatures, each more proud, perfect, and present than the next.

really wish i could go to Daniel’s first solo show African Scenery & Animals at Brodie/Stevenson, showing from 26 Jan-13 Feb. if you’re in Joburg, be sure to go have a looksee.

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