Out of 651 people in the marafoto prison in madagascar, 45 are women. photo by @hammond_robin for @witness_change. // around the world prisons are in crisis. the number of people incarcerated is growing, rates of re-offending remain high and too many prisons are dangerously under-resourced. // too often it is the poorest, least educated and most vulnerable people who find themselves in prison. // in madagascar, there are inmates who will never meet a lawyer. many prisons in the country lack adequate food, sanitation and access to proper medical care, and provide few rehabilitative programmes, educational or vocational opportunities. children are detained alongside adults. many young children are living with their mothers in prison.// inmates in such conditions are at high risk of mental illness. for those who enter the system with psychosocial disability, the stress of prison can make their condition dramatically worse.// in marofoto prison, madagascar, handicap international has partnered with the ministry of justice and the prison authorities to work to prevent psychological distress of detained people, and to ensure the care of inmates living with mental health problems.// #inmyworld is designed to expose the challenges faced by people living with mental health issues and give them the chance to be seen, heard and valued. this first phase of the project was created in collaboration with handicap international @handicap_uk as part of witness change's work on global mental health. @witness_change is a nonprofit that aims to end human rights violations for marginalized communities through visual storytelling. to see more from this campaign please follow @onedayinmyworld.
#mentalhealth #photography#storytelling #visualstorytelling#photojournalism #mentalwellness#documentaryphotography#humanrights #socialwork#publichealth#portraits #publicpolicy#mentalhealthawareness #reportage#globalhealth #disability#photographyeveryday #dignity#awareness#respect #poverty#bethechange #development#mentalhealthmatters #endthestigma#breakthestigma#solidarity #inmyworld#blackandwhite
Video by @timlaman. anything to impress the ladies! two male goldie’s birds of paradise displaying in the canopy on fergusson island, papua new guinea. turn on our sound if you dare to hear these noisy birds! this amazing species is only found on two small islands off the e coast of papua new guinea, and current population estimate for the entire species is only 650! i’m trying to spread the word about the need for conservation of the birds of paradise and all the other spectacular biodiversity in the rain forests of the new guinea region. follow me @timlaman for more photos and videos of birds-of-paradise wildlife and wild places around the world. #endangered, @birdsofparadiseproject, #cornelllabofornithology, #endangered, #birdsofparadise, #birdofparadise, #birds, @natgeocreative, @thephotosociety.
Photo by @bethjwald // “soon jang-bu calls me down again, for a man has brought the thin elegant lute known as the danyen, its stem carved as the long neck of a swan. everyone is dancing. more villagers come, filling the smoky room with the companionable smells of human grease and coarse tobacco….. the lute player, a dashing handsome fellow in short smock and boots, smiles at me wholeheartedly in welcome, as if i were his dearest friend on earth….. the dance is a short rhythmic step well suited to small spaces, and very like eskimo igloo dances, even to the jet-black braids and red-bronze faces and the shuffle of the soft, mukluk-like boots.” from “the snow leopard” by peter matthiessen.
in mid-october last year, i took this photo of the villagers of #pugmo, in the remote himalayan region of dolpo, singing and dancing at a celebration in the old bon gompa to the music of a traditional lute, as described above by peter matthiessen. i was traveling through dolpo with renowned conservation biologist george schaller, following the route schaller took with matthiessen in 1973, a journey that become the basis for his famous book, “the snow leopard”. also with us in 2016 was peter matthiessen’s son, alex, tshiring lama, a young biologist from dolpo who is studying the snow leopard in her #mountain homeland, and peter werth, who brings renewable energy to #dolpo villages. we spent five weeks in dolpo looking at changes to communities, wildlife and habitat. although there were many aspects of the culture that have endured, like the hospitality given by villagers here in pugmo, there are also many changes, including the erosion of the role played by spiritual leaders and religion in both the buddhist and bon communities. thanks to national geographic for a grant that helped support the project. check out my feed @bethjwald throughout the month to see more photos of our journey. #bon #bon-po #religion#dance#traditionalmusic#sacredspaces#buddhism#thesnowleopard#conservationhero#himalayan#dolpa#himalaya#nationalgeographic#sheyphoksundonationalpark#onassignment@natgeocreative@thephotosociety@bluemarbleproject
Amazon river dolphins in the flooded forest, brazil. photo by kevin schafer – @schaferpho@natgeo – it was the last day of a month-long assignment tracking wild amazon river dolphins in brazil. i already had thousands of pictures for the story, but i was haunted by one idea. before i left home, the editors has told me: “don’t just send us portraits - show us how these animals live.” this was going to be critical in telling the story of these astonishing animals, land-locked in fresh water for as much as fifty million years. evolving as did the amazon basin itself, they have adapted to a very different world than their ocean-going dolphin cousins. for one thing, they must hunt their prey, not in the open ocean, but literally between the roots of trees and in the branches of the flooded forest canopy. (no wonder they developed a flexible spine, quite distinct from marine dolphins which have fused, rigid spines for speed and power.) yet the question remained: how to capture these dolphins in the trees. on the last day of the assignment, i still wasn’t sure i had the shot i wanted. i had planned to spend that last day underwater, checking other pictures off my list before i headed home. then, an accident changed everything - a boisterous dolphin smashed my underwater housing - not an act of hostility, just a case of my being in the wrong place at the wrong moment. either way, my underwater work was suddenly finished. wondering how to spend the rest of this final day, i paddled out to a spot my assistant had found for me earlier in the month - a watery “path” through the forest that the dolphins often used to reach a different part of the river. it had never panned out before, but this afternoon i got lucky; a trio of dolphins swam through the flooded treetops right in front of me. it was just the sort of picture i had been hoping for, but had just about given up on. in the end, it was an important image for the story and ran full-page in national geographic. i lost a camera that day, but i got the picture i wanted. so it goes. #boto#amazondolphin#onassignment
Photo by @williamalbertallard // in 1986, while doing my essay on the sidewalks of paris for national geographic’s traveler magazine, i went with my assistant, sophie elbaz, to the huge port de clignancourt les puces flea market. sophie, a very personable young woman and also a photographer, became fond of a hat with a veil and modeled it briefly for me before purchasing it. i am just slightly out of focus but it works in my favor. one is drawn to sophie’s right eye which is kind of the “handle” for this image. every picture needs a handle, a place one’s eyes can go to for reference, a place to start. the warm light and soft screening of the veil provides an intimacy between the subject and the viewer. this is an imperfect picture that finds success in the end.
Photo by @pablocorralvega@artesdequito la fiesta de la luz in #quito, the capital of #ecuador is the largest light festival in the americas, and it attracts over two million people to the perfectly preserved colonial area. forty years ago, quito was the first city to be declared a world heritage site by unesco. in this photo we can see the basilica illuminated by artist #patricewarrener. this light festival is possible because of the close collaboration between quito and the city of #lyon@onlylyon@fetedeslumieres
Photo by @migeophoto // life on squashington farm is meditative. the old farm house sits on a ridge that clears the air for the morning and evening light. breakfast is made with eggs from the chickens out back, and butternut (the farm dog seen here) is often itching to go for a morning run. after a good sprint, she plays with her volleyball and often disappears into the sea of tomato vines. there are distant sounds from neighboring cows, and the occasional hum of a pickup truck. hours slip away as we dig for potatoes, snip the squash, and sort through the carrots. // #squashingtonfarm#mthoreb#wisconsin#madison#shoplocal#farming
Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto // mountain hare ears – there is always an image to find, even when your subject turns its back on you. i’ve always been drawn to images such as these, images that are inherently quite simple and yet, when executed correctly they can be quite effective. for me the key to this image was to hope that the hare would turn his back completely and, with his ears fully erect, i’d be able to create an element of symmetry with his striking form. of course images such as these can also convey a poignant message about the potential perils of climate change and how increasingly exposed these already threatened animals will become if our climate continues to warm. a hares ability to turn this pure white was once an evolutionary advantage, allowing it to blend seamlessly with its snow covered mountain home but what was once an advantage has now become a distinct liability. as this hare looks out over an uncertain future i am minded of the importance to me of continuing to work with these beautiful mammals, and to continue to work alongside @onekindscotland to try and raise awareness of their plight, their value and the need to encourage the powers that be to grant these animals the protection that they so desperately need. in january-february of 2018 i shall be venturing back into the hills for 5 weeks to continue building my mountain hare story and so if experiencing these mammals for yourself is something that you’d like to do then please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to get more details. put simply i guide a maximum of two people per day into the mountains to spend time with these astonishing mammals so please do get in touch if you’d like to join me. please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @andyparkinsonphoto@natgeo@thephotosociety@onekindscotland#mountainhare#andysphototours#climatechange#globalwarming#ethicsbeforeimages#educateandinspire#phototips#wildlife#wild_animalsgram#animalonearth#wildlifeaddicts_#animal_beauty#nature_brilliance #national.animals #exclusive_wildlife
Image by @hammond_robin in northern togo. the pentecostal church of bokiccenag keeps yendani matthews (centre) chained most of the time to a tree in their grounds. they say it is because of his erratic behaviour, but they chain most of those with mental health problems who have come for healing. ultimately it is fear, stigma and a lack of resources that has him restrained. he was brought to the church by his mother in the hope that prayer would heal him of his mental illness. to the left of yendani is the supervisor of the church grounds, douti lankondjoua and to the right douti sambiani andré - the church deacon. // seeing a person in chains this way is distressing. so is that fact that yendani and his mother do not have other options. of course chaining someone to a tree is an abuse of human rights, but when the burden of mental health is so great, particularly on the poorest countries, and nothing is done to support them, one might question if governments, donors, rich countries should be accountable too. // we must not let ignorance be an alibi for inaction. please join me in helping share the story of yendani and thousands of others like him by following and sharing my new mental health campaign @onedayinmyworld // #inmyworld is designed to expose the challenges faced by people living with mental health issues and give them the chance to be seen, heard and valued. this first phase of the campaign was created in collaboration with handicap international @handicap_uk as part of witness change's work on global mental health. @witness_change is a nonprofit that aims to end human rights violations for marginalized communities through visual storytelling. to see more from this campaign please follow @onedayinmyworld // @onedayinmyworld#mentalhealth#wellbeing#togo #africa#blackandwhite #documentary#storytelling#publichealth #disability#poverty#photography#faith #portraits#policy#humanrights@handicap_uk#noorcampaigns
Photo by @jim_sugar | after seeing all the incredible photographs made during the wildfires in sonoma county, california this week, i decided to get my sorry b**t in gear and try to make a photograph. so, here is the golden gate bridge last night covered in smoke from distant wildfires in sonoma county.(borrowed a line from the sanford townsend band.) no fog. just smoke. real color. no hdr. 1200mm lens on lumix fz70 from fort mason. @thephotosociety#sanfrancisco#goldengatebridge@natgeocreative
Photograph by @cookjenshel // we photographed "the witness tree", an oregon white oak (quercus garryana), when it was just beginning to change into its fall colors. this stately tree, standing watch over its namesake hundred-acre vineyard, once marked a land boundary in oregon in 1854. it is one of 60 trees featured in our new book, wise trees, coming out on october 17th. this is the time of year the pinot noir and chardonnay grapes are normally harvested at the witness tree vineyard near salem, oregon, and the aroma while we worked was intoxicating.
tragically that is not the case for the famous wine regions of california, whose valleys are currently filled with life threatening smoke. our thoughts are with all who have lost loved ones and property in the deadly fires currently raging in california.
Photo by @robertclarkphoto // an early morning view from the highest point in extrema, #brazil, over looking a neighboring valley. the valley holds several reservoirs that serve as one of the main water supply for #saopaulo. on an assignment for @nature_org.#tncbrasil
Photo by @migeophoto // squashington farm ( @squashingtonfarm ) is a small operation located just outside of madison, wisconsin. you might wonder what would bring two millennials back to the land. as they put it: "we literally reap what we sow. our motivation yields bounty, while our short-comings equal loss. it is the definition of a learning process, and every year we learn more and more. we hope to always grow food for ourselves, our family, and our community." squashington was started in 2016 and is focused on staying small, minimizing inputs, using natural additions (like animals) for nutrients, and generally working to better the local food economy. the two farmers work with 4 acres and a small number of chickens & pigs. they operate a csa for 40 - 45 local residents and those who participate drive directly to the farm every week to pick up their fresh produce. this gives the consumer a peek into exactly where their food comes from. // #squashingtonfarm#shoplocal#knowyourfood#freshfood#madison#mthoreb#farming