Thursday, September 27, 2012

Ragnar Axelsson

Taking a few steps away from Africa, this is an Icelandic photographer that seems to work primarily in black and white.  To me, most of his work sets off a very dark mood.  Ironically, he has one gallery from Africa on his website, but instead of displaying the beauty of the wildlife or fauna, he documents the tragedy of AIDS.  

I have always wanted to go to Iceland and Ragnar does a good job of giving us a little piece of what the area holds.  Instead of focusing on purely the nature of these places, he shows a lot of the native people going about with their everyday life, such as Icelanders herding sheep and Inuit hunting. Personally, I like his Faroe and Round Up galleries. 


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Montana Cinematography

This is a video from Preston Kanak of a week he spent in Montana.  I love these scenery compilation videos, there are a bunch of them on the same site (, really worth checking out.  I also really like how he included some quick shots of the equipment he used.  Montana being as huge and diverse as it is, it's always interesting to see the various perspectives people have on it.  Enjoy-


Thursday, September 13, 2012

5-Mile Creek

 These are a few pictures from 5-Mile Creek, a sampling site we used in field techniques in zoology last spring right off of the Yellowstone River.  As you can see the site is quite beautiful.  5-Mile is currently a small patch of public land, though it has been proposed to make this into a more accessible public park.  If this were to happen, 5-Mile could have large cement paths strewn about and a much higher amount of visitors.  As we found out, the diversity of small mammals, fish, herpetofauna, and birds is pretty amazing.  However the site turns out, I just hope that the natural heritage is the first thing they keep in mind while developing the park.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Paul Nicklen

Paul Nicklen has had a pretty fascinating life.  He grew up in a community of Inuit in the Canadian arctic and has devoted his life to the fragile ecosystems ever since.  Though instead of researching this ever changing region, he chooses to be a voice for the researchers.  He has published eleven stories in National Geographic with the hope of putting a face to the issue we hear so much of in the media.  Among these stories is his encounter with the highly endangered spirit bear, as well as his interaction with a compassionate leopard seal:

Here is a link to Paul's gallery of leopard seals:

Here is a link to a gallery of Paul's spirit bear, also known as the kermode bear, encounter.

If you're interested in hearing the stories behind these two galleries I'll include a link to Paul's ted talk:

Ultimately this is what I think of concerning conservation photography.  Scientists can research a concept until the day's end, but without a proper voice to the public, it'll be difficult to institute any change.  Paul Nicklen is one of those voices for the arctic.  Hearing about an unusual encounter with a leopard seal is one thing, but observing how it tried to eat the camera is another.  I saw the Pulitzer Prize photograph gallery at the Yellowstone Art Museum last year and the pictures spoke emotions that no headlines could.  To produce real change, I think that people need to actually see what the headlines are trying to say.