Peter Beard’s photography explores the dividing line between the flaws and limitations of humanity and our collective impact on the world. Beard moved to Kenya in the 1960s and established Hog Ranch—which remains his home and studio—and cultivated profound connections with the people, habitat and wildlife around him, involving himself in politics and environmental conservation. He resolved to exist there in harmony with his surrounding, determined to ‘listen rather than to tell’ while fully committed to preserving wilderness and spreading awareness of man’s impact on nature. Beard exposes himself fully in his work; to know a piece intimately is to understand a part of his mind and personal philosophy. He treats each print as a fresh canvas, creating a distinct narrative with collage, ephemera and illustrations, applied by Beard while the intricate paintings and pointillism are worked on by local workers at Hog Ranch. The photographs are framed within a vibrant world of flying, swimming, prancing Animalia, their swirling forms both real and imaginary. This ongoing dialogue keeps us returning to Peter Beard’s infectious work, in which there is always a new connection to be made. The affecting tapestries of ink and color that Beard creates are a genuine testament to the artist’s lifelong commitment to environmental consciousness and a challenge to honor life as a gift.