Like Turkey, Greece seems to be a land of cats.
The local cats tend to turn up around meal time, loitering beneath our legs while we’re having dinner, hoping for some food scraps.
Day 2 in Vietnam and I wandered into the Royal Botanic Gardens looking for some relief from the heat and traffic. Little did I know, that it also housed the zoo.
For me, this photo sums up the zoo experience – distracting and disconnected.
“If the world finds out what we do here, we will be shut down”
From the Oscar award winning documentary, The Cove
I could say so many things about The Cove after watching it. All you really need to know is this: see it.
Then get involved in some way, shape or form.
This weeks photo from the archive comes from an ice floe in Hinlopen Straight in the Spitsbergen Islands, an island group north of Norway.
This photo was taken while I was working on the ice breaker the Akademik Sergey Vavilov. Chartered to Peregrine Adventures for polar expedition cruises, I was completing my first three-month trip in the Arctic, working as a guide and Assistant Expedition Leader. Not surprisingly, polar bears are a big drawcard for the people that board the ship every 10-days. Even more so given how threatened bears are due to rising temperatures and increased melting in the Arctic region.
One of the things that fascinates me about polar bears is our relationship to them.
On one hand, polar bears are the top predator in their environment. On the other, they are seen by a lot of people as these beautiful animals that are almost soft and cuddly. The truth is, polar bears are fascinating animals to be around. Polar bears aren’t dangerous to humans, until you put yourself in proximity to one. When you think of it that way, I am inclined to say that humans are dangerous to polar bears.
Personally, I think that polar bears wouldn’t be such a drawcard if you could just walk up to them with no risk of being mauled.
You can learn more about polar bears and conservation efforts at the Polar Bears International site.
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When I came back from my second trip to Antarctica in March of 2004, I had some 75 rolls of Fuji Velvia. At 36-exposures a roll, that meant 2700 slides to deal with. At the time, it felt like a lot of photos.
Fast forward a couple of years and it isn’t unusual for me to produce 100’s of photos in just one morning. The last three days I was out shooting, I produced an average of 300 photos over a four hour period.
While there is no doubt my shooting has improved over the last 5-years, I have also been shooting a lot more things. The end result is a LOT of photos to import, edit and catalog each year.
Recently I have been spending some time going through my catalog and I inevitably come across random photos that are strong, but are not necessarily part of any one body of work.
I remember seeing a great series on photo pairing by Damon Winter over at the NY Times site. Influenced by that, I started looking again at these random photos and ways in which they could be paired. The photos above and below are just two examples of what I am talking about.
When you really look, elephant’s have the most amazing skin.
Wild No More is a depressing insight into the world of zoo animals, locked up in artificially created environments, which are somehow suppose to replicate the animal’s natural habitat.
Wild No More is an ongoing personal project.
View the images at www.thomaspickard.com Go to ‘Projects’, then ‘Wild No More’
And if you like these images, please spread the word.
I spent another four hours at Chiang Mai zoo in northern Thailand today. Some photos that made the editing cut.
Recent photos from Bangkok, Thailand.