Conservation of Wildlife Through Visual Advocacy | Co-Founder of @btsnature #BTSnature
Raiyn Season Photo Workshop - Namibia - March 2020 - LINK BELOW
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Photo Workshop | Namibia | March 2020
The first downpours have already begun to soak the parched landscape and transform the savannah.
Join @naude_heunis and I as we co-host our workshop “New Life” at the incredible @erindinamibia. We’ll focus on creating intimate and captivating wildlife portraits amidst the atmospheric nature that is only possible towards the end of the rainy season. Green, saturated tones, and earthy visuals.
Conservation and photography.
Not only will we focus on teaching our approach to wildlife photography and business, but this workshop will also cover special insight into the conservation world.
We’ll overview how to blend storytelling with making an impact as we share firsthand the conservation projects in operation at @erindinamibia. From the amazing African wild dog, to the cheetah.
This exclusive workshop is open to a maximum of 5 participants and only 4 places remain. We’re keeping the group much smaller than normal because of special activities that will only be possible with a smaller crew.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to photograph wildlife and learn about conservation!
Check out the link in my bio for all the info and an application to apply! ❤️🐘 at Erindi Private Game Reserve
Let’s go for a walk in the jungle.
I’ll show you the way. 🐵
@btsnature #BTSnature at Pantanal
PANTANAL - Exhibition.
Side by side, we must live.
Your life depends on what I give.
And mine is too, bound by this.
The bond we share, a natural fit.
Wildlife and people can coexist. We can sustain our most precious and important natural assets if we work together with wildlife by first and foremost recognizing its importance to our own survival. We need nature, but nature doesn’t need us.
This month I’ve been out here on an expedition in Brazil’s Pantanal - the largest tropical wetland in the world - documenting the state of wildlife in the region with the @btsnature crew.
We’ve partnered up with @oncafari and @sospantanal, with significant support from @gwsgallery, to help showcase the people protecting and restoring the nature of the Pantanal.
We’re currently still out on the road. We’ve met so many inspiring people and we have so much to share on the successes and struggles of conservation in the Pantanal.
The first debut of our production will be showcased immediately following the expedition here in Brazil! See details below.
EVENT: On November 1st we’re hosting a very special fundraiser exhibition at the @gwsgallery to raise funds for the Pantanal.
On offer will be a brand new never seen before series of wildlife portraits that I’ve captured during our expedition.
50% of the proceeds from the event will go directly to the direct conservation of wildlife and nature across the Pantanal!
If you’re in São Paulo on the 1st please come by the gallery at 19h to attend the event where myself and others from @oncafari and @sospantanal will be giving talks on the importance of protecting the Pantanal and what you can do to help support!
Catalogues are available of the artworks if you can’t attend the event but still want to help support. For more information either DM direct or contact @gwsgallery.
See you there! at Refúgio Ecológico Caiman
Who is she?
The full story over on @btsnature. at Tanjung Puting National Park
My forest has been bought.
Sewn with fear and forever lost.
Sold to men, of lesser worth.
Who ignore the costs when nature hurts.
We climb and hide, but nowhere to go.
How can you sit there and do nothing, ‘now that you know’? Captured on assignment for @BTSnature.
Last month I spent 3-weeks in the jungles of Central Borneo documenting the full gamut.
From pristine old-growth forest, air heavy with a symphony of countless birds, insects, and primates calling out. To being sullen most mornings when the air was instead heavy with smoke from nearby fires… a stark reminder that these pristine areas are shrinking and under constant threat of an unstoppable pressure. A single tree. (🌴) I haven’t posted much the past few months for a number of reasons. Chiefly, I’d been organizing @BTSnature with my co-founder @naudewashere. We’ve put our entire selves into this project with the hopes that we can document the reality of nature for the world to see. And with the ultimate goal to influence the right people to care and change what drove us to start BTS in the first place… a realization.
The problems facing wildlife and the natural world are not new. The solutions to these problems exist and have existed for a long time. There’s literally countless organizations out there giving it their all.
So, why then have we been “saving the Amazon” for the past 30-years, but it remains yet to be saved? This year it continued to burn ferociously.
We started @BTSnature because we want to highlight the individuals and organizations who always have been working tirelessly to safeguard nature… but in the same breath, share our realization that the problems they’re addressing will persist until we also address the causes.
Deforestation, pollution of the oceans, climate crisis, mass extinction. All problems caused by excessive consumerism driven by an infinite economic growth model. ‘Now that you know…’ Join us in exploring the problems facing our environment, their causes, and what else needs to be done behind the scenes to protect and restore nature. #BTSnature at Lost Forest
TAKE A STAND.
In response to a global climate crisis…
I’ve been busy the past couple of months developing the groundwork for a new organization “@btsnature” co-founded with the incredible filmmaker @naudewashere and supported by the rest of our talented field team including filmmaker @ahlyzikmonroe and journalist @kirstenringelmann!
What is BTS Nature?
Check out the link in my bio for the details.
Why were we just in Borneo?
Check out the @btsnature account for an introduction to our very recent production covering the critically threatened forest ecosystem of Central Kalimantan.
We’re just getting started… Stay tuned!
Shot on @phaseonephoto #IQ4 #PhaseOne #BTSnature at Central Kalimantan
Greetings! 🙋♂️ Acknowledgement, subtle not.
Densely acoustic. Green. Bright. Red.
Dim. Smolder, thick. Dust. White.
Surrounded, engulfing, and embroiled. Light.
Finally back to consistent connectivity after spending the past few weeks out in the jungle remote jungles of Borneo.
Having witnessed both immense beauty and incredibly unsettling turmoil whilst fighting fires that threaten the very stability of the entire forest, I’m just now beginning to truly understand the complexities of protecting this incredibly important biome.
Special thanks to @fnpfkalimantan @orangutantours and the crew @naudewashere @ahlyzikmonroe @kirstenringelmann @jarradseng.
Very soon we’ll be sharing the first visuals of our productions out here in Borneo covering the importance of protecting our planets most precious natural resources.
Stay tuned. 🙏 at Central Kalimantan
Care to share?
I’ve been quite MIA from posting new images other than stories for the past few months, but that’s because theres been a lot going on behind the scenes that isn’t quite ready to share just yet... In the next few weeks I’ll be launching something very special in partnership with my good friend @naudewashere.
If you’ve been following the stories... Were currently out here in Indonesia on production for this ‘something’... More details soon.
In the meantime... I’ll continue to post sporadically. 🤙 at Earth
Interlude. at Namibia
Introspective. at Erindi Private Game Reserve
#BTSnature at Erindi Private Game Reserve
Parallels of Immensity.
Posture or Plea?
A brief moment from early on last year during my first ever visit to Kenya. An excerpt of intensity from a monumental instant of mutual awareness.
@action4ifaw @tsavotrust 🙏 at Tsavo East National Park
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