Science Photographer: Anand Varma | Best Job Ever

Science Photographer: Anand Varma | Best Job Ever


the world is full of secrets and you just have to pay attention and you have to explore ask questions and you will find the most amazing stories [Music] my name is Anand Varma and I’m a photographer I’m interested in using a camera to help tell complex science stories taking images of things that are hard for us to perceive with our own eyes allows you to become intimate with a subject it freezes this moment and allows you to study and understand it in a way that other forms of media don’t allow you to do the first photo that I took that sticks in my memory was area called stone mountains near Atlanta Georgia where I grew up I was with my friend we had borrowed my dad’s little digital camera I came across a garter snake that was sitting in this patch of Sun in a forest and I was amazed how close I could get I got within a foot of it I took this picture of this snake just hanging out at the Sun I was proud of this picture but it was how excited my friend was about it and it changed how he related to photography it was for me the best way to explore the natural world and share what I found for close to 100 years National Geographic has been using photography to connect people from across the planet my aim in all my photography is that I can show aspects of my subjects that people didn’t know about before honey bee is something that’s familiar to all of us through my photography people can see in a new way and say oh here’s this thing that I thought I knew but here’s something else that I know about seeing these details and the image but you couldn’t even see in your hand you couldn’t see under a microscope and that’s what taught me how valuable photography could be it extends your perception as a human I mean I think that’s fascinating [Music]

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