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The Camera and Conservation

From: Guy Hand
Length: 14:19

Does nature photography instill a true empathy for nature?

Photogs_small Description and suggested intro: When we think of nature photography most of us think of Ansel Adams. Adams not only opened our eyes to the beauty of the American West, but also worked to preserve it. He believed that art and environmental activism should intertwine, that landscape photography should flow from a deep empathy for the land itself. Legions of photographers have since followed Adam's path through the West's grand photographic terrain. But photographer/producer Guy Hand knows it's easy to forget what was most important to Adams, an empathy for nature. This piece aired on Living On Earth in 2002.

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Description and suggested intro: When we think of nature photography most of us think of Ansel Adams. Adams not only opened our eyes to the beauty of the American West, but also worked to preserve it. He believed that art and environmental activism should intertwine, that landscape photography should flow from a deep empathy for the land itself. Legions of photographers have since followed Adam's path through the West's grand photographic terrain. But photographer/producer Guy Hand knows it's easy to forget what was most important to Adams, an empathy for nature. This piece aired on Living On Earth in 2002.

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?In photography school, instructors taught us all about light and composition, but very little about relationships. (Shutter sound and photo crew talking) After graduation, as a photographic assistant in New York, I had the good fortune to followed some of my favorite photographers around the world. (Photographer: So, we like to do here two shots. . .) We shot in the jungles of Borneo and on the beaches of Bora Bora. We snapped our way through the Phillipines, the Swiss Alps, and Death Valley. But we seldom developed relationships with the places we photographed. (Photographer: The most difficult thing for me is the light.) Time was tight, deadlines non-negotiable, and the imperative to bring back stunning, singular images often eclipsed everything else. We were, in a sense, blinded by our own visual ambition. So, when I heard that a photographer h...
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