Cristina Mittermeier@mitty

Co-Founder @SeaLegacy / Born in Mexico 🇲🇽/ Photographer / National Geographic / Ambassador for UN SDG 14: "Life Below Water" / SonyArtisan

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Cristina Mittermeier

Hiding for weeks in a blind, strategically located on the edge of a stream in the #beautifulBC rainforest, @PaulNicklen and I waited for an opportunity to photograph a family of rainwolves we knew were living nearby. We knew that they had cubs because we could hear them yelping, but they weren’t coming out. Paul said that no matter what we did, we couldn’t leave the blind - the wolves had to know that we were there, and they needed to not feel threatened by us; to accept us as a part of their environment. I read the entire Game of Thrones series, sitting there in the rain, eating salted almonds. Waiting. ⁠

The days ran together, and then they started to run out. Paul was on assignment for @NatGeo and with a deadline nipping at his heels, he decided to hike to the next bay to scout for the pack. It wasn’t even an hour after he left that I spotted movement out of the corner of my eye - one by one, five wolf pups followed their mother right in front of our blind. I had a radio and desperately wanted to call Paul, but I knew that if I spooked them these rainwolves would disappear back into the forest.⁠

The mother looked across the stream. It felt like she was looking right into my eyes. She stared, as if to make sure I knew that she was looking at me, and then she left. The five pups stayed in the creek, playing and chasing each other. They found a piece of bull kelp and they used it to play tug-of-war; they wrestled and they pounced on each other, and I marvelled at the honor of becoming their wolf sitter. ⁠

Great Bear Rainforest
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Art has an incredible ability to transcend space and time and language, and I have been able to use my photography to great effect in campaigns for change, to add fire to the conversation around the climate crisis. I believe, also, that art should be shared and that is why I am so excited to announce the release of my collector’s edition poster series! The stories behind these images drive me to want to keep going, to show more about the far reaches of the planet, and to continue to build awareness on how we can work together to help Mother Earth. All posters are limited releases, and personally signed by me. Pre-orders just opened on my website, check out the link in my bio! We'll start shipping the first week of December.


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Every diver’s worst fear is to be lost at sea.  On this day the water was clouded by an extraordinary amount of minuscule air bubbles that made visibility difficult.  Within minutes of our dive I lost my two dive buddies and found myself drifting in a strong current. Because it was the last dive of the trip I decided to continue diving instead of aborting the dive.  Imagine my surprise when I looked over the edge of visibility and a large squadron of hammerhead sharks materialized. I always imagined them like this: half real and have mirage. I call this fine-art piece "Shark Squadron." Please email fineart@cristinamittermeier.com for more information about available prints. Thank you all for being a part of my journey.
#fineartphotography #galapagosislands #cmphotography

Galapagos Islands
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It is always such an uplifting feeling when I find a sea turtle when I’m diving. Sea turtles spend most of their lives in the open ocean, migrating between foraging grounds and nesting grounds, sometimes travelling thousands of miles. A mother sea turtle returns to the beaches in the area she was born to lay her eggs, dragging herself up onto the sand with her powerful flippers. She disguises her nest so well that after she's done it is hard to tell she was ever there, except for the tracks she leaves behind on her way to and from the sea. After an incubation period of about two months, hatchlings crawl out of the sand at night and make their way towards the brightest horizon. Before the days of skyscrapers and highways, this was always the ocean reflecting moonlight.  Big cities and vacation resorts next to nesting beaches are hazardous for baby turtles who sometimes mistake glittering windows and vehicle headlights for the sea and crawl in the wrong direction. #turningthetide #extinctionendshere


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Diving in a green, soupy sea off the coast of the Galapagos, I caught a glimpse of my partner, @PaulNicklen, free-diving to about 30 feet.  In the murky waters I could barely see what he was so earnestly pursuing.  When he could hold his breath no longer, I took his place and was pleasantly surprised to see this school of eagle rays appear out of nowhere, for a brief moment dancing in crystal clear water, before disappearing again. This piece is part of my newest fine art series titled “The Sea Around Us.” All of these prints are a limited edition of 6. Please email fineart@cristinamittermeier.com for more information. #fineartphotography #galapagosislands #cmphotography

Galapagos Islands
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Did you know that polar bears have dermal bumps (papillae) on the pads of their feet to help prevent them from slipping on the ice? I have spent quite a bit of time in the Arctic and I have seen firsthand the consequences of climate change in this special part of the world. Although we all can make a difference by reducing our carbon output, turning our thermostats down, and choosing to walk or bike instead of driving the biggest impact we can have is by voting for people who have a vision for a carbon-free future. You can also make a difference by joining #TheTide. Get access to behind-the-scenes content and help us continue to support critical initiatives to protect polar species. I am working with my team @SeaLegacy to push for the establishment of more new marine protected areas all over the world. Check out the link in my bio to join us!! #TurningTheTide #ExtinctionEndsHere

The Arctic
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Holding my breath to not give my precarious position away as I waited for this hammerhead shark to swim overhead, I noticed the beautiful pattern created by the fish as they formed a living curtain; a veil between the shark in the distance and my camera lens. This is one of the images that made the cut for my new fine-art series, "The Sea Around Us," a sequel to my first series, "The Water's Edge." It takes a lot of sweat and love and energy to put a fine art collection together, and I am so excited to finally be able to share more of these images with all of you. My fine art is one of the many ways I finance my career as a photographer. Please contact "fineart@cristinamittermeier.com" to learn more about available prints. You can also go to the link in my bio to sign up to my newsletter and be one of the first to receive news of other exciting new releases!! #fineart #blackandwhite #underwater

Galápagos Islands
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In 2010 Paul and I went to Three Sisters Spring in Florida to document how humans are impacting manatees.  Every winter, the manatees come into the spring because the water coming out is much warmer than the sea water, so they come to stay warm and to rest.  The springs are very popular with tourists, so boats and people used to harass the animals.  We wanted to show what these interactions looked like but we could ’t fly low enough on a Cessna, so we rented a 90 ft cherry picker and did this time-lapse.  You can see people poking them with their paddles, boats coming into the area really fast and at some point, an engine starts and spooks all the manatees.  With this time-lapse we were able to help the FWS enact tougher restrictions on this sanctuary.  With @savethemanatee for @natgeo #ManateeAwarenessMonth #ExtinctionEndsHere #TurningTheTide #Manatee

Three Sisters Springs
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I would like to share two more new fine art photos from my series “The Sea Around Us,” titled “Glide” and “Dancing in the Light.” There is something about a photo in black and white that resonates with me. I love a good color photograph too, of course, but there's a simplicity in monochromatic images that calls attention to the form and the frame of the image; you focus on the light and the shadow and shapes, the pieces that are left when you take the color out. To me they feel quiet, if quiet can be a feeling. Both of these photos were taken when I was in the Bahamas earlier this year. I kept these photos in this series at the small edition of 6, to insure that they are kept very limited and rare, like the subjects in them. Please contact "fineart@cristinamittermeier.com" to learn more about available prints.  #fineart #blackandwhite #underwater

The Bahamas
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These days @paulnicklen spends most of his time shooting motion images and video, and yet, when he grabs his stills camera, even just for a few minutes and snaps some pictures, his images almost always blow my mind. He is a gifted photographer, a virtuoso with a camera who paints a symphony of light and motion with his lens. Where the rest of us struggle, he creates iconic images almost casually, effortlessly. That is why today I am truly sad I couldn’t be with him to watch him be inducted into the International Photographers Hall of Fame (@iphfinstl). This is an honor reserved for just the very best amongst us and only a handful of photographers has ever received. Most special is that he is the first ever wildlife/nature/conservation photographer to be inducted and I cannot lie; I truly am bursting with pride! Please help me congratulate @paulnicklen; one of the photographers who will define this art form for our generation. You are a gifted artist Paul. Thank you for gifting the world, and all of us with your art. #love #art @stevemccurryofficial


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Nothing in my travels has inspired me more than the people I've met along the way, often in some of the most remote communities in the world. I have been welcomed as a friend around campfires in the depths of the Amazon jungle; I have exchanged stories with women doing laundry on the edge of a river in Madagascar; I have stood with hunters at the end of the ice floe in Greenland. When I was putting together Amaze, my fine-art, coffee table book, I knew that I wanted every image to tell a story - and after twenty-five years working as a photographer, it is the stories about people that resonate the most powerfully for me. We have a limited number of signed copies of Amaze left in my office. Check out the link in my bio to get yours. #amaze #culture #fineart


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This is what it is like to kayak in the Antarctic Peninsula. You're surrounded by ocean, blue skies and the continent of ice stretching out before you for what appears to be forever. Life here easily goes from serene to wild, but there is always a choir of wildlife calling out as they carry about their busy days. I am so thankful for the opportunities I have had to to visit and photograph such a secluded and vital region of our planet. I have traveled to Antarctica on expedition with both @SeaLegacy and @NatGeo. Antarctica is one of the world's last true wild places. It is one of my favorite places in the world, and it is in need of our protection. Follow @SeaLegacy to learn more about how you can help make sure that #ExtinctionEndsHere. #TurningTheTide #Antarctica

Antarctica
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