A young Nepali lighting candles at Swayambhunath in Kathmandu. As holiday season begins, my thoughts always drift to the spiritual celebrations at this Buddhist temple - where monks and visitors light up thousands of candles that illuminate the whole hill as a beacon over Kathmandu. I'll post a few images to show you what I mean.
The stark reality of Greenland.
Two glaciers, slowly moving into the Arctic waters, melting into fjords of Greenland. Even though these glaciers look absolutely massive compared to any other I've seen, the irony is they've never been so small as today.
While out and about with the @auroraarktika this summer, when I shot this frame, we flipped through books of old photos from the same vantage point. Yet we could barely place ourselves in the photos - as the glaciers were so large that time that the fjord wasn't even visible.
Currently researching for a new project on climate change, which is as depressing a subject as it is important. It's simply the one and only story of our common future on this planet.
Natural shapes. In this case, a small iceberg photographed in the middle of the day - with the sun being so strong that mountain shadows turn black on the Arctic sea.
I find it very soothing to revert so classic still photography of abstract shapes sometimes. As we work with 360-video and VR stories, that often focus on being extremely realistic and capturing those all-encompassing views of a story, there's not much room for abstraction.
But yeah. Icebergs.
Few people know that vultures are some of the most endangered species in the world.
Often frowned upon because of their depictions in popular culture (the lion king etc) as well as association with eating dead animals - they should actually be celebrated for just that. Being scavengers that pick up the rest of what other animals leave behind, they're an important part of the ecosystem.
But their numbers are dwindling. Being at the top of the food chain they get the accumulated waste and chemicals from everything they eat. Not surprisingly - they are deeply affected by a human invention: diclofenac. This drug, used in veterinary medicine for cattle, is toxic for the birds and has led to a devastating decline of vultures in India and other places.
This is a White-Backed vulture photographed in South Luangwa last year, as we filmed the #lion360 project.