People sometimes ask if I am fearful when I am in such close proximity to animals. I can only say that the only way that I’ve been ripped open is by having to leave behind elephant friends, orangutans, cheetahs, caracals, manta rays, or whales. But I would do every hello and goodbye over again as long as it meant that I would have a chance to share their stories. Animals help me to remember all the dreams I thought I had forgotten and remind us to dream as though we will live forever while living as though we shall die today.

—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

Some stories are written on the page but these stories are written on the sand at the bottom of the sea.—Gregory Colbert

Some stories are written on the page but these stories are written on the sand at the bottom of the sea.
—Gregory Colbert