Chicago, Illinois 2017
I have a paranoia of the mundane and maybe this picture exposes that trait.
The idea came to me as I walked back to my hotel from a charity dinner in Chicago in the autumn. I was a few glasses of red the wrong side of sober.
The city has the most visually intoxicating architecture in America and at the cross point of the river and Michigan Avenue, there is space to breathe and find a full frame, as opposed to a brutally vertical perspective. This distinguishes central Chicago from Manhattan. It is truly a stunning location, particularly at night. The incumbent US President chose his asset location well.
Taking my audacious and challenging preconception linearly through to its conception in the middle of a cold Chicago night involved a huge amount of team work and resolve and I thank everyone for their roles – especially the wolf and Chicago PD. (whose charitable foundation will rightly benefit from the proceeds of print sales).
I have closed down bars in my time, but never whole streets in a city centre. We started at 11pm and finished at 3 am.
I know there is a thin line between creative courage and insanity, but I like to push boundaries.
It is up to the viewer to determine my reason for the title. I could be referring to the clock in the famous neo gothic tower behind the Chicago Tribune building or indeed the onset of winter. But there is a less subliminal and rather topical message that is stamped emphatically all over the image. It is surely now “just a matter of time”.
David Yarrow has built an unrivalled reputation for capturing the beauty of the planet’s remote landscapes, cultures and endangered animals. Born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1966, he is now one of the world’s leading fine art photographers. At the Sotheby’s photography auction in London, May 2017, David’s iconic picture –Mankind –was sold for £60,000 –the highest price of the 100 lots on auction. He is represented by some of the world’s leading galleries and in America David has shown at the renowned Perot Museum in Dallas and his work is permanently on show at the new Museum of Natural History in Missouri. David’s images are among some of the most sought-after pieces of work within the industry. David has a global book deal with Rizzoli publishing house inNew York and produced a flagship book named ‘Wild Encounters’ featuring work from seven continents, capturing some of the earth’s most endangered species. He is honored that HRH the Duke of Cambridge wrote the foreword to the book which was released in October 2016 and all author royalties from the book will go to Tusk Trust. Amazon awarded it “The Best Art and Photography book of 2016”. Alongside Rizzoli, David launched the book in a series of events across the world in the last quarter of 2016, including exhibitions at Fotografiska in Stockholm, Leonhard’s Gallery in Antwerp, Holden Luntz in Palm Beach and at London’s Somerset House. In April 2017 at the annual Tusk Gala in NYC, David’s images raised $175,000 at auction, including two lots which sold for $50,000 each, very much cementing his status as one of the most coveted artists in his field.Read More