The bond with nature that seems to grow so spontaneously when we are children is often lost as we grow up and enter the responsibilities of adult life. Busy lives in the city often make us forget how important it is to take the time to enjoy our natural surroundings. Reconnecting with nature, however, has become more important than ever with the COVID-19 pandemic forcing many of us to self-isolate, change our lifestyle, and spend less time in crowded urban areas. Can photography help us rebuild our bond with nature?
"Return" by Shannan Crow
Photography can be a powerful tool to experience the beauty of nature and show its ecological fragility. Nature photography can stimulate debate and change public opinion in extraordinary ways on issues such as environmental conservation or climate change. By looking into the work of landscape, wildlife, and outdoor photographers we can learn to appreciate the details of what makes our planet worth preserving. Even during a lockdown, photography can be an excellent tool to reconnect with our natural surroundings and gain a deeper awareness of environmental issues that concern us all.
"Steve the house sparrow" by Lachlan (Untame the Mundane)
As I was walking home on my lunch break I found myself being followed by a new friend I named Steve. As I walked along the pavement Steve would follow from tree to tree always keeping his eye on me and would also often swoop down and hover, looking curiously at me. As I made my way into my house I could still see him birched on my neighbors tree (like he was watching me make my sandwich.) So I grabbed my camera and started taking shots and didn't realize Steve was a natural in front of the camera giving all different angles and this power stance. Read the full story here.
It is not by chance that an organisation such as CIWEM, the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management, has launched the Environmental Photographer of the Year Award, now at its third edition. Promoting the work of photographers dealing with environmental issues is key to spark discussions on sustainability, water scarcity, pollution, and more generally the importance of taking care of our frail Earth.
Whether you are sharing your landscape shots or looking at wildlife through the screen of your laptop, a lot of good can come from nature photography. So why not start here at Excio? Look through our members' collections and view some of the most interesting images below for inspiration. Install the Excio app on your mobile device or tablet to enjoy an immersive nature experience wherever you are - and don't forget, Excio is more than just images, you can also listen to the sounds of nature such as birds chirping with some of the photographs (just look for the sound icon)!