One tree in a billion project

Over the last few months I have been busy photographing for a project which is appearing each month in Photography Monthly magazine. For this project I am photographing the diversity of life which lives around a single oak tree in Norfolk with the aim of documenting everything from ants all the way to buzzards.

This UK project is preparation for a larger project which will take place next year in the Peruvian Amazon. In Peru I will be teaming up with two other wildlife photographers to replicate the UK Oak tree project but on a much larger scale and on an enormous fig tree deep in the rainforest. We will photograph and catalogue the wide array of species from the ground all the way up to the canopy, 200 feet or more above. We will document the bizarre and fascinating life forms around our chosen tree, ranging from tiny invertebrates all the way up to the large charismatic mammals such as jaguars, sloths and giant anteaters. Working with the World Land Trust and a local research lodge we have exclusive access to a host of researchers, methods and logistics that will assist us in compiling a visual catalogue of life in the area. We will combine traditional methods of photography with more advanced techniques such as extreme macro and using infra red technology. Such techniques will allow us to photograph tiny creatures with up to a 5:1 ratio (think of a flea being magnified to the size of a cat!) and to photograph secretive species using infra red beams which detect motion 24 hours a day. Combined, our project will provide the viewer with an inspiring and exciting portrayal of the complex biodiversity inhabiting our chosen tree.

The images from our project will be donated to the World Land Trust to help them raise money to protect rainforest habitats all around the world. We will also run an exhibition to raise awareness about the amazing diversity of life within rainforest regions.

For more information about the project please visit the dedicated website, One Tree in a Billion

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