At first, artist Tom Peterson’s images, entitled Hidden Mysteries, could be abstract textures of black and white, possible rendered by computer, a pattern of repeating fractals. Then it becomes clear: they’re actually photographs of the surface of water in low light. They’re natural patterns made into more intentional shapes by the act of photographing them and processing those images.
It’s a split-second full of energy, caught with the click of a camera — two zebras running at a full gallop, the first one right behind the second, hot on its tail. The zebra giving chase extends its neck, opens its mouth, and bares its teeth, as if to bite.
We don’t know the context. How long did the chase last? Did the bite actually happen? What was the cause? What we do know is both that it’s a far cry from the static portraits of zebras we’ve seen a million times over, or from zebras the vast majority of us see only in zoos, grazing, docile, tails switching. These zebras are doing something else entirely, and photographers Penrhyn and Rod Cook of PenRod Studio are showing us their lives — lives that are in danger.