Resources for visual storytellers, a starting place for your exploration of planetary resource issues, climate change and the Anthropocene.
Peter Essick is one of the masters of envionmental photography, having tackled many difficult issues for National Geogaphic stories. He argues that there is a growing awareness that biological systems in our contemporary world are being negatively harmed by rapid human development. This human-altered world is now being called called the Anthropocene, a reference to a geologic age where man has taken control of the Earth’s biosphere.
Many fields of photojournalism have well-worn paths showing you where to go, with signposts that clearly identify stories and valued subjects. Environmental photography does not. Here Dennis lays out a possible course: "As you get your bearings on the landscape of environmental photography, learn to look for signs that guide you towards ideas. Like navigating landscapes, creating a trail that leads to ideas that produce photographs is about finding your bearings, seeking and recognizing signs you come across, and learning to understand meaning in the signs you discover."
Photographer Jacob Bkaer asked, "You said something to the effect of "Everyone is paying attention to the rapids when they should be paying attention to the [river.] I am extremely interested in photographing the slower processes of the planet and its people, however I'm not sure how to find those stories?"