“I fear that future generations will judge us harshly for our failure to place proper value on wildness, diversity, open space, spirit, solitude, and other treasures of the natural world still available to us today. May they at least know that some of us tried.”
How can we support a sustainable environment?
Nature first. Everything starts with a wonder and an experience. With this sentence, I tried to start describing my artistic approach. Every experience with my camera is necessarily connected to nature. It is this experience that is always the most important to me when I go out with my camera. As such, my heart sinks every time when I realize the damage we humans have done to our beloved mother earth. Unfortunately, often photographers are very rude to get their final capture and do not respect our natural environment.
I do believe that our ecosystem provides essential services to human populations and that all organisms are connected and influence each other. Having this said, I try starting with myself to behave in a respectful way that is filled with values and love.
In 2018, Eric Stensland met up with fellow photographers Sarah Marino, Ron Coscorrosa, Jack Brauer, David Kingham, Jennifer Renwick, Matt Payne, Scott Bacon, Tony Litschewski, Mike Anderson, Eric Bennett and Phil Monson to found Nature First – The Alliance for Responsible Nature Photography. Together they set seven principles to curb our impact on our natural environment.
Personally, I decided to become a member of Nature First in order to actively support and live these seven principles. These principles are as follows:
The Nature First Principles:
Prioritize the well-being of nature over photography.
Educate yourself about the places you photograph.
Reflect on the possible impact of your actions.
Use discretion if sharing locations.
Know and follow rules and regulations.
Always follow Leave No Trace principles and strive to leave places better than you found them.
Actively promote and educate others about these principles.
I believe in this endeavor and hope you may share the word if you feel the same. From now on, I will also use #naturefirst.
In nature we believe.
Nature First – The Alliance for Responsible Nature Photography, https://www.naturefirstphotography.org, last accessed 18/10/2019.