I have just left the dunes of Namibia. I have now been on over a hundred expeditions. I have been saying hello and goodbye to animals the past twenty years and I often look back with laughter and sadness when I leave my animal friends. Perhaps in some way with every animal collaboration I felt changed as soon as I said hello. I don’t feel as if I am telling them a story, but rather that they are helping me to find a story and in doing so my own story is constantly being rewri
tten. By trying to build a bridge to another animal’s dreams, I am also trying to connect them with our own. Nevertheless, even after years in the desert, savannah, jungle, or at sea, it still always feels like I am taking an ax to my heart when I finally have to leave. It’s supposed to be a delicious animal goodbye but it’s always difficult to find the good in goodbye. —Gregory Colbert

I have just left the dunes of Namibia. I have now been on over a hundred expeditions. I have been saying hello and goodbye to animals the past twenty years and I often look back with laughter and sadness when I leave my animal friends. Perhaps in some way with every animal collaboration I felt changed as soon as I said hello. I don’t feel as if I am telling them a story, but rather that they are helping me to find a story and in doing so my own story is constantly being rewri

tten. By trying to build a bridge to another animal’s dreams, I am also trying to connect them with our own. Nevertheless, even after years in the desert, savannah, jungle, or at sea, it still always feels like I am taking an ax to my heart when I finally have to leave. It’s supposed to be a delicious animal goodbye but it’s always difficult to find the good in goodbye. 

—Gregory Colbert

I have just returned to the Namibian desert. What if through interspecies collaboration we could explore our shared imagination? We are accustomed to seeing stories through the eyes of human beings. That is why, in many of these images, the human eyes continue to be closed and the animals’ eyes are open. It is the animals that gaze out at the world and tell us their stories.

—Gregory Colbert

When you travel through the desert you are walking on the bottom of ancient seas.—Gregory Colbert

When you travel through the desert you are walking on the bottom of ancient seas.
—Gregory Colbert

On the bottom of the sea the sand ripples like the dunes of the desert and I knew that my next journey would take me to those vast arid seas.—Gregory Colbert

On the bottom of the sea the sand ripples like the dunes of the desert and I knew that my next journey would take me to those vast arid seas.
—Gregory Colbert