About the people behind the photographs
To immerse yourself in a wild place for months at a time, is an enterpise few are able to undertake. To fight with inclement weather, eat dry food for weeks, carry heavy equipment over strainous terrain and sit still for hours in a spot waiting for the unusual, is part of the job of a nature photographer.
But then, when the sun finally breaks through the clouds and hundreds of caribous are crossing your path or a wolf appears just meters away, all the adversities are forgotten.
This specific moment becomes even more meaningful, when you are able to reach out to an audience and tell a story, that can change the fate of an endangered ecosystem.
For the past 15 years, documenting wild ecosystems in support of conservation campaigns has been the commitment of Visions of the Wild. Working closely with dedicated organizations, researchers, writers and advocates is how Florian and Emil have built a strong foundation for their conservation photography work.
Born in Germany, Florian Schulz (33) is a professional nature and wildlife photographer with a strong conservation vision. In constant search for breathtaking images, Florian hopes to inspire individuals to take action in the protection of endangered ecosystems and wilderness areas.
As part of his Freedom to Roam project Schulz has dedicated years of his life to documenting the drama and beauty of North America’s most critical wildlife corridor: “Yellowstone to Yukon”. Sponsored by Braided River, his first book —Yellowstone to Yukon: Freedom to Roam (2005) published by the Mountaineers Books — received the Independent Book Publisher Award:“ Outstanding Books of the Year ”, singled out as “Most Likely to Save the Planet.”
Images were carefully selected from his book to produce a traveling exhibit curated by the Burke Museum of Seattle. The show later traveled to Chicago`s Field Musuem as a 6 month solo exhibit. Schulz’s photography has also been displayed in museums such as the Smithsonian and the American Museum of Natural History. Back Exploring the concept of wildlife corridors and the need for ecosystem connectivity, Yellowstone to Yukon-Freedom to Roam is a beautiful and unique tribute to the North American wild.
Schulz is a recognized speaker in the topics of inspirational conservation visions as well as photography. He has delivered over 50 lectures across the United States, Canada and Germany ranging from local high schools and Universities to National Geographic. On the list are many prestigious venues such as the Banff Mountain Film Festival, the World Wilderness Congress, Microsoft Pro Photo Summit, Nikon Solutions, Seattle`s Town Hall and many large European events like WunderWelten, Mundologia and Weitsicht with audiences up to a thousand people.
As the youngest founding member of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP), Florian Schulz uses his photography to instill in viewers a greater interest and understanding of the importance of interconnected environments to maintain healthy ecosystems. His work has been published in multiple articles by recognized magazines and has won numerous international awards.
Honoring his commitment to conservation, the Nature’s Best Photography Awards and the National Wildlife Federation named Schulz as the Conservation Photographer of the Year 2008. Other awards include the NANPA (North American Nature Photography Association) Vision Award and the Phillip Hyde Environmental Grant, which recognizes early career excellence, vision and inspiration to others in nature photography, conservation and education.
Together with four international renown photographers, Schulz took part in “ El Triunfo ” RAVE (Rapid Visual Assessment Expedition in Chiapas, Mex) organized to document in depth, a very rich and severely threatened ecosystem in the Cloud Forest of the Sierra de Chiapas. The images were used in the media to strongly promote this Biosphere Reserve and were fundamental elements to help raise funds in order to ensure it’s protection.
As part of his continuous conservation work, Florian has committed to a second conservation photography project under the title Freedom to Roam ( F2R ). This second F2R project will involve a broad outreach campaign of exhibits, presentations, magazine publications focused around the upcoming book: “ Freedom to Roam – The Wild Coast ”, the second publication by Braided River in the Freedom to Roam series. It will focus on habitat conservation and wildlife corridors in the oceans, the coastline and the coastal landscapes. The multi-year project will take Florian and Emil from Baja California to the Beaufort Sea ( B2B )”, documenting the ecosystems from the ground, at sea, under the water and from the air.
“… The vision of Freedom to Roam – Wildlife Corridors, is a gift that future generations will be able to cherish forever. Through my work, I hope to fuel the new conservation movement of connectivity and perhaps, sharing my photography will move people’s heart to get involve in creating the first ever National Corridor, similar to the National Park idea, but helping to keep the web of life connected.” -FS
Born in Mexico City, Emil (27) has concentrated her music, film and photography interest for the past 8 years to help produce high-end multimedia presentations. Her passion is promoting important conservation efforts through visual storytelling.
Together with Florian, Emil has embarked on many expeditions to remote locations across North America. Even though she grew up in one of the biggest cities in the world, she has a unique sensibility for wild creatures, keen observation skills and a quite casual and unafraid approach to immersing herself into the wild.
Leading a quite international lifestyle Emil has become fluent in English and German. She can be a social butterfly in the city and sit silently for hours in a blind to wait for wildlife. Over the years Emil has become a real multi-tasker-do-it-all. From assisting in the field, to editing in the office, meetings at conferences and the production of sound and HD video. Read More>>