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:
http://www.paulnicklen.com/leopard-seals.html

Here is a link to a gallery of Paul's spirit bear, also known as the kermode bear, encounter.
http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/08/kermode-bear/nicklen-photography

If you're interested in hearing the stories behind these two galleries I'll include a link to Paul's ted talk:
http://www.ted.com/talks/paul_nicklen_tales_of_ice_bound_wonderlands.html


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.

-Zach

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