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Using Facebook to Relive Your Travels

  • Date: 02 October 2012
  • Author: Elissa Leibowitz Poma, Deputy Director, WWF Travel
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One of the best ways I’ve found to relive the memories of an especially fantastic trip is to follow the Facebook feeds of nature photographers who specialize in the region. Each morning, I log onto the social media website to check in and I get to see stunning images that remind me daily of recent travels. Not a bad way to start the day!

Lately, it’s been the following photographers who are capturing my fancy, following time spent in southern Africa. But I’ve also been taken back to other destinations, including the Arctic.

Chris Martin: The Johannesburg-based photographer is also a field guide and leads travelers on nature photography trips. I first spotted his work (and the images of other photographers) on the excellent Facebook feed of Africa Geographic Magazine, which then took me to his Facebook page and his website, Chris Martin Wildlife Photography. “To me, photography is an art of observation,” Martin writes on his website. “I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” Martin helps me remember the way I saw Africa.

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    © Chad Cocking

 
Chad Cocking:
Cocking is a guide on a South African private reserve I’ve never been to. Not to matter—his photography captures the spirit of the place, in a very emotional way. Lately, he’s had a fondness for leopards, displaying the big cats’ textured fur and piercing, light-filled eyes. Like Cocking’s photo shown here, some of his shots take my breath away.

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    © Marlon du Toit

 
Marlon du Toit:
Like the human animal, other species are blessed with personalities. Du Toit’s photographs lions under the cover of darkness,” bring them out, and in unexpected ways—like the elephant shown above. He also is adept at capturing animals in motion, especially hunting. “There is a stark contrast between gentle daytime lions and blood-thirsty he wrote recently on his Facebook page.

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    © Camille Seaman

 
Camille Seaman: I traveled with Camille a few years ago through Arctic Norway. Ever since, I have admired how ardently she uses her photography skills to bring attention to issues surrounding climate change in polar regions. “Uncomfortable, inevitable change comes whether we like it or not,” says Camille, who is based in California. Her stark, riveting images of icebergs, glaciers and ice floes look more like sculptures than photography.

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