If you’re interested in photobooks about the natural environment and climate change, you can preview these at my bookstore. Nunavik, Exploring Maine’s Coast, and Shrinking Bird Populations contain wonderful photos examining these topics, each in their respective settings.
If you’ve searched for unique photos to grace your walls, my bookstore will show you the prices of my photos and direct you to my online gallery.
I just received a “pingback” from Great Canadian Wildlife Adventures that hosted my expedition to the tundra in 2015. Here is the link to their site, citing some of the quotes from my book, Nunavik, available through my bookstore. The tundra is all I said it was, and more.
I highly recommend any one of Great Canadian Wildlife Adventures‘ trips.
The photo, above, shows a tundra in its natural state. Although Inuit hunt and trap on these lands, there are no worn footpaths, other than those made by musk oxen and caribou. Yet, even these northern lands are changing due to global warming and the mining of natural resources. As the permafrost begins to melt, methane gas is release from the soil, adding to ever more global warming, threatening our planet.
We are nearly to the point where the only areas in the world not yet vulnerable to “development” lie in the national and state parks. We see the results of development in East Africa. The current issue of Black & White Photography has an article about Nick Brandt, an internationally known photographer who has photographed wildlife in East Africa over the past twenty-five years. His images of the animals are dramatic; his photographs of their former landscapes show how humans have destroyed both their beauty and their ecological value. His latest exhibition, Inherit the Dust, is now on display at Stockholm’s Fotografiska.
These photographs show life-size images of the animals on giant posters set up within the scene of the degraded landscape they once roamed. These photographs are giant panoramas composed of several photographs, all done with film.
This exhibition, along with the work of countless wildlife and landscape photographers around the world, begs the question, how long can we continue to develop land before the environment collapses? Taken from an ecological point of view, we humans are an invasive species, ultimately contributing to our own demise. Dinosaurs lived for two hundred million years–it took a giant meteor strike to wipe them out. Our earliest ancestors only go back about 200,000 years, how much longer can we last?
This photo book is now available through my bookstore. Although the original intent of this trip was to photograph musk oxen, the book also tells a brief history of Nunavik’s Inuit. It was quite the experience going where relatively few people go.
If you’ve ever been to Nunavik, perhaps you would share your experience.
As I said in my prior post, it’s just you and the members of your expedition with nature when you’re on the Tundra. It was just a wonderful experience. All my photos to this point have been taken with my smaller Fuji X100S. Once I was out on the Tundra it was time to pull out the heavy glass, up to 6 pounds of it with my Canon 100-400mm lens attached to my Canon 7D camera body. I also used a Tokina 11-16mm f / 2.8 wide angle for the Aurora and some landscape shots, and the standard Canon 15-85mm lens, also for landscapes. You can see some of my photos of the Nunavik Tundra.
Now its time to start working on the photo book that will include about 60 (not as yet seen) Tundra photos. I expect this to be completed sometime in the early part of next year. It will also contain some description of Inuit culture and how they view their land.
So, that’s it for now regarding the Tundra. I just received an offer to photograph a performance by the SUNY Brockport Dance Company. I suspect it will be tougher to capture the dancers in my view finder than it was the musk-ox.