Wildlife Photographer: Joel Sartore | Best Job Ever

Wildlife Photographer: Joel Sartore | Best Job Ever


my goal is to get people to wake up and think what have I got to do to protect that by looking these animals in the eye hopefully we can inspire people to care and save species while there’s still time [Music] I’m Joel Sartori a National Geographic photographer by far the most important project I do is called the photo on National Geographic photo arc is my effort to photograph as many species as I can the goal is to get the public to care about the extinction crisis and be moved to save species while there’s still time people can’t save something if they never even met it truly they have to they have to see what these animals are all about learn the threats to these animals and be inspired it takes an emotional connection it’s often difficult to get animals to pose for the camera to convince them to sit still but in the end it’s worth it after all these animals are going to become ambassadors for their species for all time these pictures are all shot in a very clean manner on black and white backgrounds using studio lighting so weak you’ll see the essence of the animal in true color and they’re often looking the camera directly in the eye and that’s very hard to resist so far I’ve documented more than 6,000 species the reason I’m dedicating my career to the National Geographic photo arc is pretty simple magazine stories kind of come and go but hopefully the photo arc will stick around forever National Geographic is archiving this project in perpetuity and they give it tremendous lift and so it really shows the world what biodiversity looks like most people don’t even know what that word means it means all the other plants and animals we showed plan that’s really the goal is to have this one place National Geographic as a great repository of what the world’s wildlife look like the end goal is to photograph every species in captivity around the world it’s about 13,000 species we think and get the public to care realize how amazing biodiversity is that it’s very very worth saving and also create a lasting archive to show the world what biodiversity looked like at this point in time [Music]

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