Dennis Dimick and Jim Richardson stole our hearts as they began the next presentation, representing their organization, Eyes on Earth, which is inspiring the next generation of visual storytellers.
National Geographic brought the photographers together. Having collaborated on many projects, the pair decided to start their own organization to inspire a new generation of environmental photographers.
To explain how they got to this point, they started with their own stories: slides of pictures of them as kids, both growing up on farms and playing outdoors, and then getting interested in taking photos. Jim won the county fair’s blue ribbon prize for his black and white photo of a dog looking whimsically into the distance. Fast forward 30 years, and they were both working for National Geographic, doing stories on the Ogallala Aquifer, soil health, and how to feed the growing the planet.
These pieces inspired the next series of photos, pictures of the same landscapes through time. The Alberta Boreal Forest a blend of green trees blurring together and then the same picture, more recently, of destroyed landscape and oil sands, a story of demolition and destroyed biodiversity.
They posed the question: How do we address a rapidly growing world with skewed food, power, and economic privileges? Will we lean toward a world running on stored sunshine, energy billions of years old captured in the form of coal and oil? Or, will move toward a more beautiful and regenerative world of current sunshine?