Happy 50th to my friend and mentor @paulnicklen!! He’s a little bit famous these days , so I guess most of you are familiar with him and his work for @sea_legacy and @natgeo.
I met Paul while he was working on a story on the coast of BC, Canada. He was shooting at the Skookumchuck Narrows, and I happened to know my way around there a little bit having been kayaking and diving there for 10 years already. Somehow, I convinced him to let me be his assistant for the rest of the shoot. We became good friends, and I ended up assisting him for the next several years, shooting several stories for @natgeo.
We’ve shared some epic experiences—from the highest highs to some super difficult lows. We’ve glided through huge pods of narwhals in a kayak, hung out all day with a spirit bear in his rainforest home, and gotten in the water eye-to-eye with a massive bowhead whale. We’ve also had our lives (or at least our genitals) threatened, drifted out to sea for miles on broken pieces of ice in the Arctic Ocea, and fought through dislocated shoulders, flooded cameras (sorry about that one, Paul), and failed ultra-light aircraft engines.
Through it all, Paul’s commitment to photography and conservation has remained steadfast. Together with his partner @cristinamittermeier and @sea_legacy, he is, as he puts it, #turningthetide. His photos are of course legendary, but it’s really the way he’s using them to bring about change that is impressive and important.
Paul, keep up the good fight brother. We need more like you! Congratulations on 50 and can’t wait to see what you’ve got in store for us next my friend.
@jedweingarten @natgeocreative @sea_legacy @paulnicklen #turningthetide