Forever Wild: To Conserve or Not To Conserve?

I am basing my project off the work of Carlton Ward, an environmental photojournalist who promotes conservation of natural environments. I became interested Carlton Ward and his work when Dr. Wacker introduced the artist to our class. I am an avid outdoorsman and have a passion for the natural environment. My passion for the outdoors is what has fueled my interest for this project. My purpose or goal is to tell a story through photographs, but not just any story. I want to open people’s eyes to the conservation of the natural environment and its’ inhabitants. I hope to spark a new interest in the natural environment and raise awareness of how important it is to humans. I have attached my entire slideshow for my project: Forever Wild: To Conserve or Not To Conserve

I will show how wild animals and landscape photos can contribute to the aesthetic view of nature and how much the animal presence in nature means to us as humans. I am not trying to say that animals control the aesthetic view of nature because there are many other factors that contribute; like rushing rivers, avalanches, geysers and many other natural occurrences. I only chose animals as my focal point because humans typically have more compassion and love for them. Allowing someone to see what lives in nature may lead them to understanding the purpose of conservation.

Humans are foreign invaders when speaking about the natural environment. We have and continue to impose on the natural state of an environment by building man made structures across the land. On the other hand, some may say that animals do the same thing because the animals build nests, chew trees, and tear up forest floors. An animal is considered to be a natural being of the natural environment and has every right to do what is necessary for them to survive. I am not putting animals above humans, but an animal that builds a nest or chew trees does it because it is an instinct, something that comes natural. Humans build structures that have a permanent impact on nature because they feel it is a necessity, but in reality we just want the best of the best no matter the cost. I understand there are certain things we need to survive that have an impact on the natural environment, but if we could begin to understand what goes on in nature then maybe we would respect it more……

Major Questions to be Answered:

What is conservation photography and how is it an effective method to promote conservation?

-Conservation photography’s purpose is to elicit concern and emotion that can direct human behavior. -Images can alert people to what is being rapidly lost all over the world.  –In conservation photography, the subject is conveyed by aesthetics and
defined by conservation priorities.

Why is land conservation an important issue?

-Our land feeds our bodies and souls, and it is the most important legacy we can pass on intact to our children and grandchildren. -If we don’t make changes now, future generations, regardless of where they live, may not have the opportunity to experience the same plentiful planet that we benefit from today.

What can we do to help preserve the natural state of an environment?

-We can all support better land use through our purchases and our support of businesses and industries that are stewards of the lands they impact.

Two of the major artists who have promoted conservation through photography are Ansel Adams and Carlton Ward. When referring to the national parks and conservation I believe these two artists can be considered as spokesmen for the parks. Attached is a video from the national parks service to help promote the parks. Take a look at the video and compare the work of Ansel Adams and Carlton Ward to see the similarities between their work and the video.

National Park Service Video: America’s Wilderness

Carlton Ward: Carlton Ward Photography




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