Matt Payne Photography Blog: Using Photography For Conservation - A Conversation With Jerry Monkman - November 11, 2020

Welcome to episode 186 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast.

This week on the podcast, I was joined by conservationist, author, filmmaker, and photographer, Jerry Monkman.

Jerry is revered in the Northeast United States as a photography powerhouse, having authored eight books which have inspired many to take up photography in Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont.

Jerry is also known for his conservation documentary videos, which have had major positive impacts on the protection of critical public lands in his area.

Jerry and I discuss some interesting topics this week, including:

  • His journey through the years as a photographer.
  • Using photography to conserve open spaces and public land.
  • Photo guidebooks and their impact on the craft and various locations.
  • The "why" of outdoor photography.
  • How photography has changed since the 1990's.
  • How to balance the commercial needs of a landscape photographer and messages of conservation.
  • ... and more!

Over on Patreon this week, join over 140 of your peers in supporting the podcast financially and listen to Jerry and I talk about the importance of thinking about what we are trying to say with our photographs.

I hope you enjoy our conversations.


Here are the photographers that Jerry recommended on the podcast:

1. Mac Stone.

2. Cristina Mittermeier.

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Please find a transcript of this week's episode below:

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