Welcome to episode 199 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen!This week on the podcast, I had a wonderful conversation with a landscape photographer living in Vancouver, British Columbia:
Anna grew up in the United Kingdom but later relocated to Vancouver, BC to practice veterinary medicine. She recently sold her veterinary practice to pursue a Master's Degree and start a family. Through her Master's Degree, she decided to write her thesis on quite a fascinating topic: The Role of Photography and the Photographer in Conservation. The frameworks by which Anna used to organize her thesis have far-reaching application to understanding photographers, photography, and how we can think about each from varied perspectives. Anna was gracious enough to send me a copy of her thesis, which I read prior to our conversation.
Anna and I discuss some interesting topics this week, including:
- The role of photography and the photographer in conservation,
- Content-driven themes including truth, experience, and beauty, and how these themes interplay with situated knowledge including emotions, interests, meanings, attitudes, beliefs, and values,
- How misrepresentation of truth in photography could hinder conservation efforts (and other impacts of misrepresentation),
- The importance of representation of women in photography and art and the roles women can play in addressing the climate crisis and other environmental issues,
- How Anna's thesis has helped me to understand and conceptualize how and why various photographers present their artwork the way they do in regards to digital manipulation,
- And lots more!
Over on Patreon this week, Anna and I discuss the practice of Slow and Contemplative Photography and how it connects curiosity, creativity, and care for the environment.
Here are the photographers that Anna recommended on the podcast:
1. Jo Stephen.
2. Lizzie Shepherd.
3. Melanie Collie.
4. Switchback Shawty / Cherisa Hawkins.
Other items mentioned on the show:
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Please find a transcript of this week's episode below: