Photographers conserving wilderness

Rock Island Bend by Peter Dombrovkis

Morning Mist, Rock Island Bend’, Tasmania, by Peter Dombrovskis
source: National Library of Australia

Through their images, photographers can play a prominent role in increasing public awareness about the importance of conserving wilderness for future generations.

For instance, on my island home of Tasmania, photography has played a hugely influential role in the campaign to conserve the Tasmanian wilderness, particularly the work of prolific photographers Olegas Truchanas and his protégé Peter Dombrovskis, who each hailed from The Balkans and together shared a bond like that of father and son.

Olegas Truchanas (left) & Peter Dombrovskis (right)

Olegas Truchanas (left) and Peter Dombrovskis (right)

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The female nude as landscape

The association of woman with nature (and man with culture) has been a long-standing tradition within Western culture, and it’s interesting to see how this manifests in the portrayal of the female nude in photography.

The naked woman in the landscape, for instance, has been a particularly potent and popular image, reinforcing the association of woman with nature, the curves of her body seen to reflect the natural topography of the land.

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Photographing arctic light

Few of us will ever experience firsthand the awe-inspiring sight of arctic light, so we are fortunate that photographer Ole Salomonsen shares this amazing phenomenon with us through his stunning portfolio of photographs.

I recently discovered Ole’s extraordinary long-exposure arctic light images on Diana Eftaiha’s great blog, The D-Photo.

Ole lives in Tromsø in Norway, which boasts the northernmost University in the world, known for its research into aurora borealis.

Speaking of his passion for arctic light photography, Ole says:

I am fascinated by the northern lights as a phenomena, and love being out in the cold at nights watching her different shapes and colors, and try to capture to best of my ability and describe what my eyes are seeing.

Here are just some of the amazing results of Ole’s efforts:

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Picture this: Australia’s green desert

The saturating rains of La Nina have had an extraordinary impact on the Australian landscape, the firey reds and earthy browns for which this sunburnt country’s interior is so renowned replaced by expanses of green which hum with life.

With a longstanding interest in environmental photojournalism, photographer Peter Elfes has spent the past three years documenting the amazing transformation in a series called Green Desert.

This photographic essay reflects the significant value of photography in highlighting the critical importance of preserving our natural heritage.

Of his work, Peter explains:

To me photography is an art in observation. I see the abstract forms of nature, like nature’s poetry and the more time I spend in nature, the more I understand her poetry.

Here are some sample images from Peter’s gorgeous series:

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