For various reasons, cultures, landscapes, and species on our planet are quickly disappearing. This is no secret. “Preservation,” “conservation,” “endangered,” and “extinct” are words in our daily vocabularies. Many of us dream of learning about or experiencing the world’s endangered phenomenon before their secrets are lost forever, preserving now what still exists before all hope is gone.
Art Wolfe has a very appropriate title. A photographer, he has been capturing images of the world’s “fast-disappearing wildlife, landscapes, and native cultures” for over thirty years. His goal with his photographs is “to win focus for conservation issues by focusing on what’s beautiful on the Earth.”
With the estimated one million images he has captured in his lifetime, and his over sixty published books of photographs, it would be difficult to deny him some measure of success from the beginning. But, his stunning photos speak for themselves.
Clean lines, crisp colours, and sharp contrast are features which make his photographs stand out. They seem as though they are posed, or fabricated images. In fact, one might say that the Earth has become gentle toward him and has shown him her best sides. Of course, it could simply be the result of practice and experience. Wolfe has shot photos on every continent, literally hundreds of locations, over the past three decades. His photos have a certain level of abstraction, but they are bold and easy to interpret.
See for yourself. A multitude of prints of his photos are available to view on his website, or to purchase from his store. Otherwise, his books are widely available online or in bookstores. He also has a thirteen-episode television miniseries called “Travels to the Edge,” which is distributed by American Public Television.