Jungles: Photographs by Frans Lanting
Toco toucan face, Ramphastos toco albogularis, Pantanal, Brazil

ungles is a personal exploration of nature in the tropics by master photographer and naturalist Frans Lanting. In a unique collection of images taken over 20 years in jungles from the lowlands of Congo to the cloud forests of the Andes, Lanting interprets the aesthetic splendor and the remarkable natural history of tropical rainforests — a realm of almost bewildering complexity.

Forty-five stunning images from the great jungles of the world are organized into four categories:

  • “Water and Light” shows the interplay of these elements with plant and animal life.
  • “Color and Camouflage” explores the need to hide and the desire to be seen.
  • “Anarchy and Order” features impressions of growth and movement.
  • “Form and Evolutions” is an ode to the wonder of natural selection.

Frans Lanting has been hailed as one of the great nature photographers of our time. For more than two decades he has documented wildlife and our relationship with nature in environments from the Amazon to Antarctica. For this project he observes:

“The very nature of jungles stretches the limits of photography. While the essence of photography is to show, jungles hide, or at best, suggest. So I opted to show impressions of jungles to evoke a sense of their kaleidoscopic nature — the glimpses of faces that melt into shadows, the burst of color and shimmering light.”

The breathtaking photographs here include spectacular gatherings of rainbow macaws, an orangutan swinging through the forest, the giant Rafflesia flowers of Borneo, an aye-aye peeping our from behind a leaf, and a passionflower with its “guardian” ants. Combined with inspiring quotations from great biologists such as Charles Darwin and E. O. Wilson, they exemplify what Lanting describes as “the ultimate expression of life on earth.”