Nature First Photography
We're delighted to announce that The Photographer's Ephemeris is now an official partner of Nature First Photography.
I first became interested in landscape photography on moving to Boulder, Colorado from London in 2007. The spectacular landscapes of the Colorado Rockies and the desert southwest were immediately enchanting and I set about researching and reading as much as I could to find out which locations to go and see and photograph.
I've been lucky enough to get to many of them. But some simply don't exist any more or have been closed to visitors. Others are frequently overcrowded. The photo below shows photographers gathered at Maroon Lake in September 2008 - back in the days when it was, you know, a quiet, unknown backwater 🙃.
Photographers at Maroon Lake, Sep 2008
So, what is the mission of Nature First? It's not to wag a finger at those wanting to photograph beautiful or well-known landscapes - not at all. Rather, it is to encourage photographers to pause and think before stepping into nature and to consider a few key points, the 'Nature First' principles:
- Prioritize the well-being of nature over photography.
- Educate yourself about the places you photograph.
- Reflect on the possible impact of your actions.
- Use discretion if sharing locations.
- Know and follow rules and regulations.
- Always follow Leave No Trace principles and strive to leave places better than you found them.
- Actively promote and educate others about these principles.
There really shouldn't be much controversial about that. If we can encourage more visitors to follow these principles, then hopefully there'll be fewer locations that end up damaged, closed or overrun.
Photo Ephemeris has a large number of users around the world. Having seen firsthand some of the issues mentioned above, we wanted to partner with Nature First to help spread the word and promote this effort through our website, initially, and through our apps in the future. Plus, it's run by some great people (who happen also to be great photographers!).
If you'd like to support this mission, you can join too: just visit https://www.naturefirstphotography.org/en/join. We hope you will!