Photograph by @simonnorfolkstudio “When I am Laid in Earth” … A visualisation of the receding Lewis Glacier on Mt. Kenya. A mapping of “time’s thickness” by pyrographically documenting glacial retreat.
Using long exposures made in the middle of the night, the resultant images stem from the simple act of walking with fire along the glacier’s previous boundaries - by working out GPS coordinates from old maps…
And fire, the primordial element that first provided a gathering point for human culture and, through the burning of fossil fuels, a rapidly changing climate.
The flame line in this image shows the Lewis Glacier’s location in 1987. The pond is called the Curling Pond. In 1987 it’s surface was 15m higher than it currently is, penned in by a high back-wall of ice - the glacier’s snout. The glacier has since receded about 120m.
I won a Sony World Press Award and a LensCulture Earth Award for these images that helped win a lot of publicity for Project Pressure, the small NGO who commissioned the original project.
Video by @PaulNicklen // Despite the recently-established Lancaster Sound marine protected area in Canada’s North, dangers to the fragile Arctic ecosystem remain plentiful. Mining, shipping, and petroleum interests have set their sights on the resource-rich area, especially as climate change frees areas from ice. Increased ship traffic and the accompanying submarine noise bring a negative impact for whales and, of course, represent the threat of spills. #Followme at @PaulNicklen to see both the beauty and the tragedy of Canada’s remote region.
Photo by @FransLanting. There is a primeval appeal to gathering around a campfire under a Kalahari night sky with a Milky Way glowing overhead. The flames fuel friendships and the immensity of the space surrounding you draws everyone closer together. Nothing else matters except being there and sharing stories. I share this image in the spirit of Thanksgiving and send best wishes to all our friends around the world. Follow me @FransLanting for more stories and images from wild Africa. @thephotosociety@natgeocreative#Africa#Safari#Kalahari#Friendship#Storytelling#Gratitude
Photo by @enricsala
Congratulations, Mexico! Today, Mexico's President @epn has signed a decree creating the Revillagigedo National Park, making good his commitment of October 2016 to expand the previous small marine reserve around these islands. At 148,000 square kilometers, it is now the largest fully protected marine reserve in North America, and protects the greatest concentration of tropical megafauna in North America, including silky sharks, hammerhead sharks, whale sharks, giant manta rays, tuna, humpback whales - and rich deep sea habitats. @natgeo@natgeopristineseas@maresmexicanos proud to have worked with Mexico to make this a reality @rafaelpacchiano@alejandrodelmazo@conanp_mx@semarnat_mexico
Video by @CristinaMittermeier // Witnessing this “rainbow river” of beluga whales in the Canadian Arctic was a highlight of my career. We traveled with @Sea_Legacy on expedition to the newly-blessed Tallurutiup Imanga marine protected area—an exciting new step by the Canadian government in attempting to protect the longest coastline of any country in the world. Mining and petroleum interests have their eyes on this region though, and it's up to the Inuit and every Canadian who cares about the environment to protect these lands from careless resource extraction. Follow me at @CristinaMittermeier to see more stunning whales, bears and landscapes from this region.
Photo @pedromcbride // Grateful for the wild places: This narrow strait off the coast of Antarctica’s Graham Land is called “Kodak Alley” for its striking vistas and occasional placid waters. The climate here, however, is anything but calm. Average temperatures are changing rapidly creating shrinking sea ice challenges for many species like Adele penguins and krill, the tiny shrimp-like crustaceans that sustain the marine food chain. To see more wild places follow @pedromcbride#antarctica#frozen#climatechange#nature#gratitude#happythanksgiving
Photograph by @thomaspeschak The best camera/lens combination is the one you are holding in your hands! I was walking through coastal forest on the tiny Seychelles island of Cousine when a white term began to hover inches from my face and tried to land on my head. Unfortunately I was on my way to go diving, in addition to wearing a wetsuit and clutching my fins in my teeth I was holding my heavy/bulky underwater camera setup. With no other option than use the gear in my hands, I raised my underwater rig to my eye, framed as best i could and hit the shutter. I think this certainly the only terrestrial photograph that I have ever shot for @natgeo magazine with my underwater camera. @natgeocreative#seychelles#seabirds
Photo by @renan_ozturk
Monster and Washer Woman towers within what seems like infinite layers of @canyonlandsnps geology. I remember climbing them both in the same day when I was young and wide-eyed about the adventure of the climbing life. On the summits I added a few drawings in the registers which are rich with history and culture. Just recently I went back and snapped this photo with @chrisburkard. I have to say that my excitement and appreciation for this place has only grown. @snackfarmer@tidesinourveins@taylorfreesolo#protectbearsears
Photo by @ronan_donovan // Captured #withgalaxy S8, produced with @samsungmobileusa // Dawn and a distant storm illuminate a Jackson’s hartebeest in Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda. The rains signify new life in the form of green grass, which feeds the entire ecosystem of mammals in this region.
Photo by @stephenwilkes. Happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday, enjoying quality time with family and friends. I wanted to share some of my favorite moments of my “Day to Night” Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. In this “loup view” of the photograph you’ll notice that time is changing as the parade unfolds, seeing the giant balloons as they arrive, bringing smiles to the families everywhere. The fun part in creating these photographs is finding the hidden moments that make this image so special. My favorite was discovering a family enjoying Thanksgiving dinner on the Night side of the photograph! Enjoy and Happy Holiday! To see more images from my travels near and far, follow me @stephenwilkes.#Thanksgiving#MacysThanksgivingDayParade#ColumbusCircle#Spongebob#Spiderman#Sonic#Snoopy#holidays#NYC#DayToNight
Video by @BertieGregory. Extreme climber Alejo Sanchez descends down an enormous rock face deep in the heart of the unexplored Chiribiquete National Park, Colombia. When he reached the bottom of this cliff, he made a remarkable discovery. He found a massive panel of ancient paintings featuring jaguars, people and more. This area is home to many of these paintings, representing some of the earliest evidence of humans in the Amazon. I shot this whilst accompanying a team from Fundacion Herencia, an incredible group of people doing real 21st century exploration. It’s very humbling to know that there are still places on this planet we know almost nothing about. But despite it’s remoteness, it is still under threat.
We owe a huge thanks to Parks Colombia and the Colombian Ministry of Culture for their support. For more on this place, Stay tuned for @stevewinterphoto ‘s upcoming jaguar story for @natgeo Magazine. Also stayed tuned for our jaguar TV show for @natgeowild premiering in the US on December 10th. Follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife adventures!
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Lobster entrée for 830 people is prepared at the biggest wedding facility in China. The meal consisted of 13 courses, and all of them contained meat or seafood. Protein consumption has increased rapidly in China due to higher income and more food options. This has turned the country into the world’s largest importer of food, to feed all of the pigs, chickens, ducks and cows. If the rest of the world consumes as much protein per person as we do in the United States, our planet will be in serious trouble. To learn more about the global food supply, follow @feedtheplanet#food4thought
Video by @jenniferhayesig A vulnerable sea turtle hatchling makes its way to the Gulf Stream in desperate search of weed cover to hide in. When sea turtles hatch they crawl across sand through a gauntlet of birds and mammals before they enter the water greeted by an ocean full of hungry predators. A very few lucky sea turtle hatchlings will survive long enough to find their way to floating rafts of algae called sargassum weed to hide in until they are big enough to fend for themselves. The sargassum canopies are critical to survival of these endangered sea turtles. // On assignment for @natgeo story about the importance of Sargassum weed as critical habitat in the sea. // with @thephotosociety@natgeocreative@daviddoubilet // #ocean#baby#turtle#seaturtle#gulfstream#vulnerable#endangeredspecies for #moreocean follow @jenniferhayesig
Photo my @paleyphoto (Matthieu Paley). Lahore in Pakistan is full of youthful energy. I shot a story for @natgeo earlier this year, a few days mostly spent with art students. Here in the old Walled City, a model prepares for a fashion shoot. Developed by her photo student classmate, the art project aimed to play with the stereotypes often associated with women who cover themselves. To see another image from this fashion shoot (and link to the online story), check out @paleyphoto#lahore#pakistaniyouth
Video by @hammond_robin for @witness_change “When we came here, I could not even approach him, because he would have hit me. But now with the help of men of God who prayed for him here, I see that he is better” said Sankpel Bédagou (left) of her son Lare (right). They agreed to tell their story for my new campaign on mental health #InMyWorld. Lare is usually chained to a tree inside the grounds of a church in the region of Bokiccenag in northern Togo where I met them. I saw 15 other adults living with mental health problems chained to trees or posts around the church while they waited to be cured through prayer. Some had been there, chained, for more than a year. Lare, like the others, was brought to the church to be healed. People come to the Church to pray for the resolution of problems ranging from financial difficulties to severe illnesses. In many parts of the world mental health problems are perceived to be spiritual in nature, so spiritual remedies are sought. In many cases chains are used to immobilise while the healing is taking place. All over the world the freedom of movement is a human right often denied to people with mental health issues. #InMyWorld is my new campaign designed to expose the challenges faced by people living with mental health issues and give them the chance to be seen, heard and valued. This first phase of the campaign was created in collaboration with @handicap_international as part of Witness Change's work on global mental health. @witness_change is a nonprofit that aims to end human rights violations for marginalized communities through visual storytelling. To see more please follow @OneDayInMyWorld
Photo by @FransLanting This is Mike, a young male chimp we got to know in the Fongoli region of southeast Senegal. We worked with him and his family for six weeks, following them on foot through their forest. There are less than 200 chimps left in Senegal and their future hangs in the balance, just like it does for all chimps in Africa. Habitat loss and the bushmeat trade are the major threats to their survival. As we gather together with our own families during this holiday season, let’s not forget our extended family on the great tree of life. We can all help chimps survive by supporting the individuals and the organizations that protect them and the forests they depend on. Check the links below for the World Wildlife Fund, Conservation International, Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots, and @NatGeo Explorer Jill Pruetz’s Neighbor Ape project in Senegal, which we support through GlobalGiving.org online. Follow me @FransLanting for more images and stories from our family tree. @janegoodallinst@world_wildlife@conservationorg#chimps#Africa#Senegal#wildlife#endangered#racingextinction#conservation