“Africa Noire” is a monotone series of photographs that pay tribute to the majestic lion and the fantastic landscapes that make up the vast plains of East Africa.
Pekka Järventausoriginally had a background as an artist in the video game industry. But during an African safari some years ago, he discovered his deep passion for photography and for wild animals. In the series above, they are both on display. While his subject is the lions themselves, Järventaus also injects his artistic vision into the images. He strives to go beyond documentation and to convey the magical, mysterious quality of lions that speaks to him most strongly. In order to maximize the effect he is seeking, he shoots mostly in black and white and on rainy days (with soft lighting).