Photo by @davidalanharvey | retro: from my photo essay on nairobi in 2004. "i like school,” says 11-year-old mary akinya, smiling shyly in her sunday best just after church in kibera. “i like reading in kiswahili [swahili].” chances are, mary wouldn’t be attending school except that kenya’s newly elected government introduced free primary school education in 2003. about 1.7 million children previously excluded from the system are now enrolled. “i am reading a story about a cheetah, elephant, zebra, and lion. they are fighting over who is strongest. but the zebra is the smartest and he wins."
Photo by @gerdludwig // on april 26, 1986 at 1:23 am, the chernobyl nuclear power plant blew up after operators botched a safety test, triggering an explosion and a fire that burned for 10 days. thirty-one years later, the long shadow of chernobyl continues to darken lives - socially, environmentally, and physically. the town of pripyat, less that 3 kilometers away form the reactor had been constructed for the plants personnel.
an amusement park was being readied for the annual may day celebrations when reactor # 4 of the nuclear power plant exploded. thirty-one years later, this amusement park has become an attraction for tourists who have started flocking to the zone in droves.
you can learn more about chernobyl from my book and ipad app the long shadow of chernobyl.
Photo by @gordonwiltsie // a peruvian arriero blindfolds a semi-wild pack #horse so that it won't buck and run as he loads it with supplies for an archaeology expedition in the #andes. even today these hardy animals are still the best way to get around and ferry loads in this rugged, mountainous country. #peru
Photo by @camdavidsonphoto. thinking about the mighty mississippi river on earth day. the mississippi and its watershed drain half of north america. back in the pre-epa days, the mississippi river was heavily polluted, less so now, but still not where it should be. funny how the current administration is trying to weaken the epa, yet it was started by the republican president, richard nixon. #aerial#epa#earthday#mississippiriver@camdavidsonphoto
Photograph by george steinmetz @geosteinmetz#onassignment for @natgeo on saturday i happened to be in the right place at the right time, the 34th international kite festival in weifang, china. they had flying cows, frogs, and horses, plus a synchronized aerobatic kite team in pink uniforms. still kicking myself for not coughing up the money to buy the 100m long king cobra. i've got the guy's wechat and may have to reconsider! visit @geosteinmetz to see more from my assignment in china.
Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto/@thephotosociety
backlit mute swan and cygnet – backlighting is never the easiest form of lighting to use but it can often be one of the most effective. the challenge is being able to shield your lens from the sun, to prevent annoying lens flare, and to be able to shoot your subject against an appropriate background. to maximise the dramatic effect of backlighting it’s best, wherever possible, to shoot your subject against a dark background as this allows the rim lighting to really shine. in this image, which starkly contrasts the difference in form between an adult and her cygnet i have exposed entirely for the golden fluffy highlights on the edge of the cygnet. this brightly lit fluff required an exceptionally fast exposure (1/1600sec at f8, iso 400) and by exposing solely for this this, and by referencing my histogram to check, it has allowed the distant forest, itself in shadow as the sun is setting behind it, to fall into massive underexposure. i also set my exposure manually so that i had complete control over this and as the sun slowly set, and thereby required incrementally slower exposures i would check every now and again and adjust my exposure accordingly. the reason that i was shooting on manual is because the light was completely consistent but i was zooming in and out on my 200-400mm lens, shooting varying compositions which sometimes included more cygnets. even though the required exposure remained the same on aperture priority i would have gotten varying exposure readings and therefore more inaccurate exposures. in this image the adult is feeding on some algae growing on the weir whilst the cygnet is stretching his little wings. please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @andyparkinsonphoto@natgeo@thephotosociety#muteswan#backlighting#ethicsbeforeimages#phototips#educateandinspire#nature#naturelovers#wildlifephotography#donoharm#wild_animalsgram#animalonearth#wildlifeaddicts_#animal_beauty#nature_brilliance#nationalanimals#earthday
Photo by @jasperdoest // in 1970, the year of our first earth day, the movement gave voice to an emerging consciousness, channeling human energy toward environmental issues. forty-seven years later, we continue to lead with groundbreaking ideas and by the power of our example.
and so it begins. today. right here and right now. earth day 2017 is more than just a single day — april 22, 2017. it’s bigger than attending a rally and taking a stand.
this earth day and beyond, let’s make big stuff happen. let’s march for science! let’s divest from fossil fuels and make cities 100% renewable. let’s take the momentum from the paris climate summit and build on it.
let’s start now. and let’s not stop.