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Communicating the Environment Beyond Photography


Michelle I. Seelig

Communicating the Environment Beyond Photography is a modern look at how photographers visualize what is happening to people and places on a changing planet. Michelle I. Seelig draws attention to what compels photographers to focus on these important messages, what tools they are using to advocate for just causes, and how photographers engage directly with citizens in a meaningful conversation beyond the photograph. Photographers continue to document the land and nature as they always have; however, today they use all media to advocate wide-ranging environmental concerns. Photographers, filmmakers, and environmentalists engage the public with visual and technologically driven content that is both affordable and portable, allowing advocacy to transcend boundaries in the global community previously overlooked by traditional media. This innovative book showcases strategies practiced by photographers, environmentalists, and advocacy groups in the twenty-first century and will serve as inspiration for future advocates of environmental issues and other important and just causes. Accessible and user-friendly, Communicating the Environment Beyond Photography is a must-read for both future photographers and individuals interested in communicating and advocating for environmental and social change.
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closes with a section on the structure of the book and overview of the chapters.

My earliest and fondest memories of photography started the moment my father shared his camera. Through photographs, I have come to see and appreciate the world we live in. This book also grew out of my deep admiration for Ansel Adams and the many photographers that have graced the pages of National Geographic. Over the years, my passion for creating things has merged with my professional interests in visual communication. I am equally amazed and critical of culture transformation resulting from profound technological innovation. These contrasting views prompted me to question what will become of Earth, especially what will be left for my children and their children. I have often wondered how I can ask or demand of my children or my students to do better, when others do not do their part. Young adults and teens largely have been criticized for numerous hours engaged with digital media, but many fail to recognize that all sorts of people, including young people, are actively “doing something.” For that reason, this book is a reflection of the many ← 1 | 2 → changes occurring in the world and the magnitude of the power people have to do just as much good as they do mayhem. Instead of criticizing all the ways we have wronged the planet, this book highlights how photographers, NGOs, and people are engaged, and do make a difference.

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