The latest July / August 2016 issue of Australian Wild Magazine includes a portfolio of my photographs of Polar Bears from Svalbard in the Arctic. Wild magazine has previously featured my photography as dedicated folios in three separate issues back in February 2011, June 2013 and July 2015. The 2011 issue included a Portfolio of landscape images from Iceland. The 2013 issue included a Portfolio from Antarctica and the 2015 issue included a first release of images from my project on the Arctic Fox (look for a very limited collector’s edition fine art book containing the complete Arctic fox project to be released within the next four weeks). Just click on the image below to download the latest Wild Folio as a PDF.FootNote: Wild magazine was founded and originally owned by Chris Baxter – a well respected climber and outdoorsman in his own right who was largely responsible for a significant portion of the early rock climbing scene in Australia. I had the privilege of knowing Chris and climbing with him briefly during my youth at both Mount Arapiles and The Grampians. Chris forged many new climbs at both of these world famous locations as well as Mount Buffalo and was a full time character in the Australian climbing scene. Chris subsequently sold Wild due to health issues after building up a very successful publishing company that became the outlet for all things bush walking and climbing related in Australia. Unfortunately Chris passed away in 2010 after a long fight with cancer but ‘Wild’ and ‘Rock’ continue to be published under new new ownership.
In March this year I led a new winter landscape workshop to the Lofoten Islands in Norway (Read the Trip Report) with long time good friend and fellow landscape photographer Martyn Lucas. If you are unfamiliar with Lofoten let me assure you that the landscapes of these northern islands of Norway are really quite something to behold. Precipitous and ominous peaks that rise straight out of the ocean loom over small fishing villages that comprise of small bright red houses lining the shorelines. With a dusting of fresh snow and arctic winter light the entire scene is akin to a fairy tail location and subsequently the photographic opportunities can be truly superb.
This particular photograph is in no-way unique (It has been shot countless times ) but it is for me ‘iconic’ and captures the splendid beauty of this fairy tale like location. I plan to return to Lofoten early 2018 and will have more to say about this trip at a future date.
There is an immediate need to protect our bio-diversity from the mighty Himalayas to the backdoor of our homes. Only when this is protected, we can have access to clean water, healthy food and natural surroundings. Nature as always in its supreme command defines the quality of our life. We cannot be blaming or depending on the Governments all the time and it is up to us to roll up our sleeves and do our bit to give back to nature. This pre-supposes awareness amongst people about nature and the life that it supports.
The Wild Walk, firm on the belief that wildlife literacy is the only way to get others inspired and sustain the habitat, chalk out programmes and activities to spread awareness on the subject. We educate people across the country about the forest with the aim of transforming them into wildlife conservationists. We also give lectures on wildlife science, exchange mails with aspiring conservationists and wildlife novices, share our knowledge through our website, news blog and via our wildlife documentary movies.