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.
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.