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Matinee: 'On Being a Conservation Photographer' Share This on LinkedIn   Share This on Google   Tweet This   Forward This

28 November 2015

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

So we're pleased to present the 113th in our series of Saturday matinees today: On Being a Conservation Photographer.

This four-minute clip produced by the International League of Conservation Photographers not only describes what a conservation photographer does but includes a little advice about becoming one, too.

And it does it in the words of several conservation photographers themselves, including iLCP founding fellows Robert Glenn Ketchum, Steve Winter, Roy Toft and Norbert Rosing plus iLCP fellows Octavio Aburto, Chris Linder, Jaime Rojo and Krista Schlyer.

It's a different way to make your mark as a photographer.

They all agree on two points.

Anyone can do it, first of all. And secondly, it requires real passion for a particular subject. Anybody who wants to advocate for the natural world can do it, in short. It's beyond telling a story, they tell us, because it's about saving the world.

The science may be intimidating, but the job is to turn that intimidating science into common knowledge anyone can grasp by providing a picture of it.

And the best way to get started is to work directly with a scientist in the field. They'll hand you the story, show you where to go and when to be there.

It's a different way to make your mark as a photographer.

Taking responsibility by educating yourself about the issues. Making a difference by telling the story. With small cameras or big ones. That's the game.

And it has a bright future.

"As long as the sun goes up in the east, there's always something new to do," Rosing promises.

The sun went up in the east this morning. And we have a feeling it will do it again tomorrow, too.

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