Photographic Ecological Study
There are literary hundreds of photographic projects that one can undertake in order to advance their knowledge of the art. Some projects can be done with little effort or expense yet others will require a lot of planning, equipment, the assistance of others and can come with a large expedition of time, efforts and money.
This particular project is not only a photographic one but also a multi level one as well. It will require the participation of experts in several fields in order to ensure that the project goes without a hitch and comes to full fruition.
These team members must not only be experts in their respective fields but must also be fit enough to endure the rigors of the environment.
It is an ambitious project but can be done if everything falls into place and there are those that are willing to give a full year of their lives towards the completion of such a worthwhile effort.
First of all the project will require the participation of one talented photographer, one who understands the location and the challenges that can take place in a hostile environmental and is in charge of visually documenting the location and the efforts of the team to great lengths. He or she must also be very in-tune with the equipment as if parts break then this puts that much strain on the efforts and the efforts can end up losing a critical part of the total theme.
It will also require the assistance of a medic trained in first aid and capable of treating emergencies and taking precautionary measures to ensure the health of the other members of the expedition. He or she is in whom the rest will place their lives on.
An environmental scientist will also be a crucial member of the team since he or she will be in charge of documenting the changes in the environment, the effects of people, the well being of the fauna and flora and the general well being of the chosen location.
A technical expert in charge of communication and other technical aspects who will be the life line to the outside. Hopefully this tech will also be capable of videotaping the entire operation. A good writer capable of documenting everything that goes on and can put it in simple terms that an audience will understand and whose writing will transport an audience to the location with words. However good experiences with print medium will come in handy as a good written piece is that more acceptable and appealing to editors.
The last member of the team but a vital one will be a survival expert, in charge of running the daily outings of the team and to take advantage of the location so that the team members can sustain themselves by living from what nature can provide thus creating a minimum presence of the "human species" and the effects caused by outside supplies and other detrimental activities which our human presence can have on a pristine environmentally fragile location. He or she must also be keenly aware of shelter needs and nutritional requirements. The survival expert will probably be the team manager as the knowledge brought by these experts can be the key in a life or death situation.
A logistical team should also be in place to plan and obtain all the needed permits, secure transportation, ensure the general safety of the team, and manage the distribution of the finished product. Such enterprises like National Geographic Organization are keenly aware and are experts in their own right when it comes to projects such as this one. Not to mention the amount of money that is required to undertake such an endeavor.
Big organizations and some government agencies as well as major universities do often sponsor projects like this and this is the first key piece of the puzzle that must be in place before anything else is begun.
Once the funding has been secured then the next crucial piece is to secure the participation of the team members and have them fully understand the expectations and the requirements,. It is not easy to leave everything that is familiar for an entire year, much less be ready to face many tribulations along the way. One must not only be totally involved in the project but must also be fully dedicated and willing to stick with it to the end.
The departure of one member can cause turmoil and can delay the project indefinitely since the team is totally dependent on each other for the expertise that each one brings to the adventure.
The location should be one that few people have visited much less lived in for any extended period of time. Otherwise the project loses interest the more people have been there or are keenly aware of it. It must be harsh enough, beautiful enough, inhospitable enough and offer enough pleasing elements to make it worthy and make the project one that an audience can truly appreciate through the efforts of the team.
Although these are just a few there are many more locations. any one of these can be the locations chosen to conduct the operation must like everything else in life, it must be researched thoroughly and the goals of the expedition must be discussed at length and agreed upon before it begins.
The project has at least three variations with each becoming a separate project unto itself.
One is to do the project in a single locations/region. This is probably the hardest one.
the second is to spend a limited/pre-determined amount of time like three months in a few locations like in four for example.
The last variation and the less hazardous one is to only spend one month in twelve locations.
Although the time and locations can vary, the project is nevertheless hard but noteworthy and can bring to the world rarely seen footage and experiences not likely to be experienced by a majority of people.
What are the benefits of such a project?
Well for one thing it offers the world a view of some hostile and rarely experienced locations from a hands on group of experts.
It can also serve as a project that brings attention to our planet's more fragile eco systems and can result in not only a photographic store house but also a wealth of information gets to be shared.
This project should be a great source for a documentary or reality series but the scope should be on exploring the ecosystem itself, its natural selection of animals and plants and the balance that each system plays in the wealth being of our planet.
Gaining a respect for each location should also be a top priority, protecting it as well as understanding it are always necessary if we humans are to pass the best of our planet to coming generations as well as safeguarding its natural riches for the rest of us.
Regardless of whether or not this project results in commercial sales, a book or a television or reality show, the experiences shared and lived by the team members are enough to change their lives and understandings of the world around us.
You are probably familiar with how popular some reality shows are that feature a single person, sometimes two spending a week in remote places around the world, living and surviving by only their efforts and know-how.
This project is more than that. It brings an in-depth view of nature in more detail and with more information than any single survival series currently features.
These experiences are not commonly experienced by many and those few who get to actually live in the the wild, in the midst of nature are sure to bring this new found knowledge to others around them.
This in itself is probably worth the effort as our planet and its deeply intricate eco systems needs our attention and our care if it is to be salvaged and available for future generations.
© 2012 Luis E Gonzalez
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