The Van Wert region is now in for a treat on Sunday. Joel Sartore, a National Geographic photographer, will offer a look at some of his beautiful snaps photos at Van Wert’s Niswonger Performing Arts Center. Joel Sartore has produced over thirty stories from across the planet as a freelance photographer for this very magazine. At the same time he is also a speaker, an author and a teacher, who loves to entertain his audience with his adventure stories and comedic personality.
Joel told that he prefers to take photographs to make this world a better place. The major project of his career is the Photo Ark, that consists of photos of all living species in this world. After 8 years, he is halfway through this program. It is very important for him to capture some of these species which are almost near extinction and to make people recognize them.
Joel told that he realizes that for many species in this world, time is running out quickly. Half of the world’s species will be threatened with extinction very soon, and the ark is one man’s effort to reveal what is really at stake as well as an effort to get people to care when there is time left. In 8 years, Joel Sartore has compiled snaps of over 2650 species to date and there are several to come.
This assignment and others for the National Geographic have taken Joel across world to some beautiful and challenging environments. One of his favorite location is Antarctica. This is a place where the wild species would walk right up to him as he clicks their snaps. Joel told that Antarctica is place where mankind never got an opportunity to spoil.
Before this month finishes, twelve teens from Wisconsin, United States will be at the Himalayan Mountains foothills, getting acquainted with around fifty kids who will gladly follow dirt ways 2 or more hours to meet them. They will go to Pragpur village, which is near the Kangra Valley of India. It is around four hundred miles north of the Taj Mahal. Visitors to the township went to purchase jewelry, quilts and shawls after seeing weavers and silversmiths at the town market.
In this place, some people have no electricity or even running water. Trip co-ordinator Lori Sra told that these kids really have no chance unless they speak English and can get into a university. Kids without shoes cannot go to school, and more importantly, without an education, there is hardly any hope of escaping impoverishment.
Lori, 2 other adults as well as the Wisconsin students represent the University Lake School in Hartland, which is near Milwaukee, and they will teach the kids in India how pictures can say as loudly and clearly as words. The group from Wisconsin as well as others from Missouri and Georgia will use sixty digital cameras donated by Nikon to inspire, comminicate and educate as a part of their Children Learning International Cultures Abroad program. The group from the United states were very enthusiastic going to India and take part in this activity.
Steve Bloom, the well known wildlife photographer, will hols talks in 7 cities across Wales and England as a part of “In his talk, ‘Living Africa”, the Royal Geographical Society regional tour. In the talk of Steve Bloom will take people on a journey with the diversity and essence of Africa, capturing all its cultures and colors through stunning pictures, said the Royal Geographical Society in a press release. It also added that the visual feast will explore the extraordinary continent through landscapes from desert to jungle, wildlife from birds to big game, and human life from remote villages to teeming metropolis.
The talks begins from January 23 in Stamford that further events in different art venues as well as theaters in Southampton, Norfolk, Darlington, Keswick, Taunton and Brecon in February and March.
Steve Bloom told that over many years he has revisited the continent of his birth, driven by a passion and determination to discover, through photography, itsvaried cultures and exotic wildlife. He has also asked people to join him in this visually rich presentation as he retrace his steps and visit the people, wildlife and places of Africa.