BLACK AND WHITE ELEPHANT PICTURES
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When dealing with high-end decor, classic art is an obvious choice. Contemporary art photography is a favorite pick among art consultants and interior designers when filling rooms with minimal design. Each elephant image tells its own unique story, either as a statement or background piece. These monochrome elephant images make for the perfect accessory for any luxury space.
Choosing Black and White Wall Art Over Color in Interior Design
Our elephant photos in black and white make a stunning, yet subtle addition to any room or office. We know the common misconception that black and white photography is outdated or old-fashioned and has no place in modern design. Yes, black and white photography makes a very different statement than more colorful images, but it speaks volumes and makes a bold addition to any interior design. When you’re choosing a contemporary art for a higher-end space, black and white wall art should be at the top of your list because of its versatility and timeless appeal. Bright, colorful photos are great for more playful spaces, but when an image is stripped of color it allows for a more intense, subdued, classic statement to be made, especially upon the first impression. Black and white photography evokes a much deeper, pensive emotional connection. Photos available upon request in large or small museum-quality prints.
Monochrome elephant images as an Alternative to Elephant Tusks
If you love the elephant, you’ve probably seen many photographs of large elephants sporting large, creme-colored tusks. This ivory is essential to the elephant’s survival, yet they are being hunted and poached from the wild at alarming rates. The ivory tusks evolved from large teeth that would stick out past the elephant’s mouth. Over time, they grew into the large tusks we see today, made up of a dense, bony tissue called dentin (the same material that makes up human teeth). And just like human teeth, the tusks are wrapped in enamel to protect them from external conditions.
Fun Fact: All African elephants have tusks, while only male Asian elephants have tusks.
With the evolution of the elephant’s tusks, they’ve given these incredible animals an evolutionary advantage, allowing them to dig, lift objects, gather food, strip bark from trees, and defend themselves. The tusks also protect their trunks which they use to eat, drink and breathe from (along with many other things).
Fun Fact: Elephants can be dominant on one side the same way humans can be left or right-handed and left or right-footed.
The Illegal and Immoral Poaching of Elephants
Whether jewelers and ivory collectors want to admit it or not, a dead elephant is behind every piece of ivory. Every year more than 20,000 elephants are killed for their tusks, which then go on to be traded illegally on the black market. Despite measures being taken by governments, wildlife charity organizations, celebrity advocates and international relief efforts, ivory still remains in high demand in several parts of Asia. Collecting black and white elephant pictures is a much safer bet.
Facts About the Elephant
The elephant is the largest land mammal and can be found in a wide variety of habitats, including savannas, grasslands, forests, swamps, even the desert. The elephant can weigh up to 8,000 lbs and stand 10 to 13 feet tall at their tallest point! The elephant’s trunk is an amazing tool and one of the most versatile organs among all mammals. It’s a combination of their upper lip and nose, and they breathe out of the tip of their trunk. The trunk is so skilled that it can pick up a penny from the floor, but also pick up a large, heavy tree branch and fling it across the way. Elephants use their trunks like we humans use our hands.
Fun Fact: When elephants meet or greet each other, they engage in a “trunk-shake” the same way humans would engage in a hand-shake
Elephants like to live in small groups led by an elderly female called a cow. In elephant families, females are the leaders. Most of the males live together as bachelors separate from the females. Elephants are known to develop deep familial bonds and lifelong friendships that contribute to their health and well-being in similar ways to the human need for social connection and affection. Elephants have the longest gestation period of any other mammal (18-22 months). Ladies, can you imagine being pregnant for almost two years? And when their babies are born, newborns are roughly 3.5 feet tall and 220 lbs on average!
The Elephant’s Relationship to Humans
Elephant images have appeared throughout history for the last several thousand years. They have been considered sacred and have even been used for ceremonial purposes in Asian cultures for as long as records can show, in India, the Middle East, and the Asian Pacific. Elephants have not been domesticated, but they’ve been subjected to selective breeding, the same way that cows, horses, and dogs have been. Tames Asian elephants were recorded to have been used in the Indus civilization way back in the 3rd millennium. There are elephant photos in black and white dating back decades, and when elephants are used by humans, they build a very strong bond and have been known to take care of each other. The elephant remains a symbol of elegance and power around the world, to this day.
Elephants and Climate Change
Elephants are some of the most resilient creatures on earth. They eat a wide variety of foods and can live in dramatically different habitats across the span of one lifetime. Their brilliance can be seen across wildlife contemporary art photography collections on our site and beyond. While these animals are resilient, they need to consume vast amounts of water on a daily basis in order to survive. With climate change, comes unpredictable weather and rainfall. Some months there is more than enough water, other months there is very little. Even with this threat, though, the fact remains that poaching possesses the largest threat to wild elephants in both Africa and Asia. The good news is that humans are in total control of poaching when we are not in total control of climate change so efforts can be made to stop the inhumane hunting of elephants.
How Can You Help Save the Elephants?
Never buy anything made of ivory in any part of the world. The elephant’s ivory tusks are deeply rooted and can only be removed when the animal is dead. It is inhumane and wrong to kill an animal for its parts. One way to admire elephants without harming them is to purchase elephant images instead of tusks or trinkets. When you have monochrome elephant images as stunning black and white wall art, you can showcase your admiration and love for this majestic animal while still respecting and preserving its life and legacy. A part of our mission when creating contemporary art photography is to build awareness around certain issues affecting wildlife today. With that said, a portion of the proceeds from all of our elephant images goes to charities supporting relief and sustainability for these amazing animals.