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?"
Starting an environmental documentary photo project can be daunting. There are many possible paths to follow and even more questions to be answered. A recent query to Eyes on Earth from Sofia Jaramillo is a good example. She wrote to Dennis after having met him at the Missouri Photo Workshop. Here is their exchange, with Jim’s response added, too.
A regular feature of my life is getting an email query from a student interested in photography who has been given an assignment to make contact with a working professional and ask them some questions. Sometimes these are questions I've heard before (How did you get started?) but others are more unique and probing. Whichever they are, they reflect common questions shared by many young photographers curious about the possibility of making their passion for photography in to a career. So from time to time I'll post some of these questions and my answers.