Meet Your Neighbours

28th June 2010
We are proud to announce that Carsten is a member of the Meet Your Neighbours project.

Introducing Your Wild Neighbours

Meet Your Neighbours is a photographic initiative that reveals the wildlife living amongst us in an extraordinary way. These creatures and plants are vital to people: they represent the first, and for some, the only contact with wild nature we have. Yet often they are overlooked, undervalued.

Meet Your Neighbours dignifies these common species by giving them celebrity treatment. Each is photographed on location in a field studio. A brilliantly-lit white background removes the context, encouraging appreciation of the subject as an individual rather than a species. Their own form constitutes the composition. Seen this way, animals and plants we thought we knew reveal another side of themselves, encourage a second glance, perhaps even renewed interest.

The initiative will engage photographers from around the world to celebrate these animals and ask people in their communities to “go meet your neighbours”. This is conservation photography at the grass roots level, asking people to care about their own natural heritage, where they live and showing them how extraordinary it is in a fresh way.

If you are tempted to ask “Well, why do we need orchids or salamanders, woodlice or bullfrogs anyway?” you may as well ask, “why do we need children, friends, community?” We can live without all these things but our lives are much the poorer if we do so.

Carsten is currently the only photographer representing Ireland and will focus on the flora and fauna of the Irish coast and the Burren.
We will post regular updates and field reports on the project. The images can be found at our Meet Your Neighbours Gallery.

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