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Photo by Karla Gachet @kchete77 | Mioara Stan lived in Buzescu in 2012, a Roma village in the countryside of Romania. Miora lived with her in-laws. She married her husband while he was in jail and had never met him in person. This was the better alternative to not having a husband at her “advanced” age of 29. She liked sending him photos of herself. #roma#gypsykings#tradition#gender#inequality#romania
I was traveling throughout Algeria in the course of making a book I was commissioned to create. There are many monkeys who range through the vast region of Kabylia, lounging along the roads and begging for food. Some are captured and domesticated to be used as tourist attractions. This little monkey shows a certain tenderness and lassitude.
Photo by @jasperdoest //Flamingo Bob swims in the Caribbean Sea. Arthritis in his feet is causing him difficulties to walk yet he feels very comfortable in the water.
Bob is a Caribbean flamingo, from the Dutch island of Curaçao. His life took a dramatic turn when he flew into a hotel window, leaving him severely concussed. He was cared for by my cousin, Odette Doest @vetdoest, a local vet who also runs a wildlife rehabilitation centre and conservation charity – the Fundashon Dier en Onderwijs Cariben (FDOC) @fdoccuracao. Existing disabilities meant Bob couldn’t be released, but instead he became ambassador for FDOC, which educates locals about the importance of protecting the island’s wildlife.
The story about Bob was recently published by National Geographic @natgeo who are currently celebrating ‘the year of the bird’. Follow me @jasperdoest, @vetdoest and @fdoccuracao for more images of Flamingo Bob who is slowly becoming #instafamous as the animal ambassador of Fundashon Dier en Onderwijs Cariben.
Photo by @bethjwald // We had welcome relief yesterday from the incessantly hot and dry weather here on the Front Range, and I was reminded of how miraculously rain can transform a landscape - like in this photo taken of rain clouds clearing over a village and rolling hills in rural Herat Province, Afghanistan. The spring rains have turned brown hills and fields green with grass, a boon for the villagers and Kuchi nomads who use the grasslands for spring grazing of flocks of sheep, goats and camels. This region of Afghanistan is famous for its grasslands and used to support not only herders and farmers but large flocks of gazelles, wild ass and other wildlife – war, changes in land use and drought have diminished both numbers of wildlife and domestic herds. Here in Colorado, the rain yesterday was not yet enough to end the severe drought and crippling heat plaguing much of the mountain west, but hopefully it is the beginning of the monsoon season and more will come. Across the world, people worry about whether needed rains will arrive in time, and if they will be sufficient; or if they will come too late, and be too strong. Climate change has thrown a wrench into the weather systems that so much of the world’s population, especially in poor, rural regions like this part of northwest Afghanistan - depend on. #everydayafghanistan#moonsoonrains#letitrain#herat@thephotosociety @ilcp_photographers
Photo by @joshuawhitephoto // Morning on the New River. This is one of the oldest rivers in the world, and flows near my home in Appalachian Mountains of northwestern North Carolina. I am photographing using the wet plate collodion process, introduced in the 1850s by Frederick Scott Archer. A plate is poured, sensitized, developed, and fixed all in the field, yielding a unique positive image on black metal. More poetically, these images are direct artifacts of light and time, tying me to the people and place I am learning to love as my home. #wetplate#wetplatecollodion#tinytpe#8xtintype#largeformat#alternativeprocess #newriver
Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) // Assisted by local Tunisian cave explorers, we negotiate the mined tunnels and shafts that lead through the Grotte de le Mine. The mine was in operation between 1920-1925 to extract lead and zinc ore and here we see one of the team ascending a rope in one of the mined shafts. We're following the work of a group of scientists from the Tunisian Geological Survey and European Research Institutions (UK, Germany, Austria and SISKA in Switzerland) who are looking at changes in rainfall patterns through time. Several of their field sites lie inside Djebel Serdj, which hosts some of the largest caves in Tunisia.
Photo by @melissafarlow | On the highest point of Inisheer Island are ruins of O’Briens Castle. It will be a destination next week for a NatGeo student expedition to the Aran Islands. Looking forward meeting up in Galway and taking the ferry to hike, bike and explore. It is a creative venture for photographers and writers who will be paired up to work on projects. I’m along to connect and guide them but the truth is their energy inspires me. @NatGeo@NatGeoCreative@thephotosociety@NatGeoExpeditions#NatGeo Student Expeditions #castle#summer#AranIslands#Ireland
Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto/@thephotosociety
Mute swan cygnet – During every season of every year there is a time to photograph certain species and there is most definitely a time when not to! This cygnet for example is young, perhaps just a few weeks old. Old enough to venture far from the nest site but still vulnerable to predation from many species. Photographically speaking it is still a fluff-ball, covered in its downy feathers it is difficult to take a bad photograph when they are this cute. Even so I have invested a little effort and this image is captured in dawn light and from water level, the former ensuring that the cygnet is beautifully lit, the latter creating an intimate, eye-level perspective. In a few weeks however this cygnet will be a lot less photogenic, it’s adult feathers emerging as its downy feathers moult away. It will start to look more like a goose than a swan, gangly and clumsy, it’s hair patchy and uneven. At this time it becomes a lot more difficult to capture a nice image and, as sad and superficial as it may sound this is when I tend to put my camera away and instead just watch. At this time also the parents lose their primaries, and their ability to fly and this again is a time when perhaps they are not their most photogenic. Wildlife photography can be immensely challenging and so, if as it is for a great many people that time is short and precious then perhaps factor these elements in to your own photographic calendar. Be more ruthless about when, and when not to photograph and perhaps save your energies for when your subject is looking their very best and for me, late summer, for a great many species, is definitely not the best time. Please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @andyparkinsonphoto@natgeo@thephotosociety