Great Nature Photography Found in…March of the Penguins!
In the harshest place on Earth, love finds a way.
This is the tagline for the famous 2005 film, March of the Penguins (La Marche de l’Empereur in its original French). Another appropriate tagline could have been in the least expected places, one finds great photographic art.
Winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary (2006), March of the Penguins was a surprise success at the movie theatres, enthralling audiences with its tale of love, determination, resilience and hope, all told with a background of enchanting music, and some of the most beautiful cinematography I’ve ever seen. While it’s true that Antarctica offers haunting landscapes, and that Emperor Penguins are striking, loveable chaps, cinematographers Laurent Chalet and Jérôme Maison know where to place the camera. You could pause the film at just about any point and you would find a perfectly composed frame filled with beauty, worthy of being called fine art. Monsiers Chalet and Maison know their craft well, but they were only nominated for Best Cinematography at the BAFTAs, which unfortunately they didn’t win. Well, I hope they read this post one day, and see it as my small tribute to the fantastic work they accomplished.
Plus, I will never complain about taking photographs in the cold again!