National Geographic Photographer || Author || Speaker || Creator of images, stories and events to inspire wonder and concern about our living planet.
Photo by @FransLanting I like to teach photography and share my experience and my techniques with others to help them express their own personal vision. If you can’t join me for one of our periodic workshops in California, the next best thing is to acquire one of the courses I’ve taught for CreativeLive online. Right now and through July 20, CreativeLive is offering a 40% discount on all my courses, and you will get an additional 10% discount if you go to http://cr8.lv/frans-lanting and enter CLFrLanting at checkout. Check the link in my bio to get to CreativeLive.com.
Photo by @FransLanting Bonobos are our closest cousins on the tree of life, along with chimpanzees, but we know less about them than we do about any other great ape because they only live in one of the most inaccessible parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. We just returned from the Congo where we mounted an expedition to explore the world of bonobos. We were joined by @Ashley_Judd, who is as keen as we are to raise awareness about bonobos and the people who are working to protect them. We started our work at the Congo’s remarkable Lola ya Bonobo sanctuary, where we saw this male bonobo interacting with a young male in a moment that expresses the affectionate social interactions which are typical among bonobos. Please follow us @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more posts about our discoveries. @thephotosociety@Ashley_Judd@LolaYaBonobo@Bonobodotorg#Bonobos#Apes#Empathy#Naturelovers#Explore
Photo by @FransLanting I’m offering this image of a rainforest in Borneo at dawn as a confirmation of its importance for global life cycles. Its forests exhale the oxygen and water that we depend on every day. Follow us @ChristineEckstrom and @FransLanting to learn more about our living planet.
Photo by @FransLanting Male emperor penguins are heroic symbols of fatherhood. After female emperors lay their eggs in the middle of the brutal Antarctic winter, their male partners take over incubation duty while the females go back to sea to replenish themselves. A male emperor incubates his precious egg by balancing it on his feet and he covers it with a brood flap to keep it warm. It takes up to two months for the eggs to hatch and during that period the prospective fathers do not eat or drink. By the time the chicks are born the males may have lost up to a third of their body weight. I spent a month camping on sea ice next to an emperor penguin colony in the Weddell Sea to document the parenting saga of these amazing birds on assignment for @NatGeo. I share this image in celebration of Fathers Day! Follow me @FransLanting for more images and stories of the emperor penguin and Antarctica.
Photo by @FransLanting Bonobos are the least known of all the great apes and eerily close to us. When one looks you in the eyes like this male did, the boundaries between us and them become blurry. I’m back in the Congo to explore the world of bonobos. We are joined for this exciting expedition by @Ashley_Judd who is just as keen as @ChristineEckstrom and I are to elevate the profile of bonobos and to support the people who care about them. This is among one of my favorite new images I made @Lolayabonobo. Follow us @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom as we go deep into the heart of the Congo to learn more about the fascinating lives of bonobos.
Photo by @FransLanting Bonobo females are powerful figures. They rule over males in their social groups, but they are also strong physically. Look at the muscles in this female’s upper arms. They’re developed for a life in the trees, but bonobos also move bipedally on the ground. This female was foraging in shallow water in the Lola ya Bonobo sanctuary where she was brought in as a frightened orphan and nurtured into a healthy adult by an amazing group of dedicated Congolese bonobo conservationists @LolayaBonobo. Stay tuned for more bonobo discoveries as we head into the heart of the Congo Basin for a jungle expedition with @Ashley_Judd and @ChristineEckstrom. @natgeo@natgeocreative@thephotosociety@bonobodotorg#Bonobos#Bonobo#Apes#Matriarchy#Conservation
Photo by @FransLanting A family group of bonobos has gathered in a forest clearing. Only a handful of Westerners have seen bonobos in the wild, because they only occur in a nearly inaccessible part of the Congo Basin. I’m one of the lucky few and I’m excited to be back in the Congo for more field work aimed at boosting the visibility of bonobos and to support the people who care about them. We’ve teamed up with @Ashley_Judd and the Bonobo Conservation Initiative to do that. Follow me, @franslanting and @ChristineEckstrom to learn more about bonobos and to see some of my favorite new images made the last few days @Lolayabonobo.
Photo by @FransLanting Bonobos are remarkably tolerant of each other and they play a lot too. Here, a high ranking female is jostling with a young male while an older male is getting in on the game as well. You’d rarely see this kind of interaction among chimps where power plays are more common. Photographed @Lolayabonobo, a remarkable sanctuary in the Congo where we spent a few days documenting bonobos and the people who care about them. We are about to head deep into the heart of the Congo for a challenging bonobo expedition. We’ll be joined on this mission by @Ashley_Judd who is as keen as @ChristineEckstrom and I are to elevate the profile of bonobos. Follow us for more discoveries soon. @natgeocreative@Bonobodotorg@ThePhotoSociety@ChristineEckstrom#Bonobos#Apes#Empathy#Naturelovers#Play
Photo by @FransLanting From the air the boundary between protected tropical forest and adjacent commercial agricultural land in the Iguacu area of Brazil is a hard line and the contrast is striking. The contour lines in the agricultural land are drawn to stem soil erosion and that us a visible expression of land management. What you don’t see in the forest next to it, is its contribution to global climate stabilization. The smartest investment in combating climate change is to protect our forests. They’re the green lungs of the planet. This image is included in a new campaign by the Union of Concerned Photographers sponsored by @WeTransfer. I’m a member along with @amivitale, @MandyBarker, @JoelRedman1 and @lucalocatelliphoto. Go to we.tl/UCP to learn more about us and hear my perspective on forests and deforestation. (link in bio)