Gary, Indiana. 2017
We all know how Billy Joel starts his classic song – Piano Man:
It’s nine o’clock on a Saturday
The regular crowd shuffles in
I wanted to tell a story to match these lines.
The more I thought about what we could do, the more I felt it would be creative courage that would largely determine the strength of the image. I knew about a tamed wolf that would stand and put his front legs on a piano keyboard and I knew about some wonderful decaying buildings in the eerie and largely abandoned town of Gary, Indiana.
That was a start and then we needed permits and the support of the Mayor of Gary. Without access, we had nothing, and so much of the work went into the logistical process in the weeks before the shoot. Original content – and this is surely that – requires access as a precursor to anything else.
Over time the pieces fell into place. The toughest part was actually getting a grand piano into the Memorial Auditorium in Gary. Over 20 people were directly involved in making this picture happen.
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