Art & Design / 13 October, 2008
The Great Migration
Nyumbu | Wildebeest impressionism
Known in Swahili as nyumbu, this species of antelope is one of the principal protagonists of the mass African migrations. From June to the ends of October some two million gnus or wildebeest, Connochaetes taurinus, head to the Serengueti in Tanzania. Once the dangerous muddy waters of the River Mara have been negotiated, the “Great Herd” finds the coveted fresh pastures. This lone straggler gave me the opportunity to use the panning technique to create an image similar in style to that of the great impressionist painter Claude Monet.