Rafael Robles is a biologist, researcher and an esteemed leader in the rural town of Tortuguero, Costa Rica. He is passionate about his country and their significant efforts to protect their wild places. Rafa has spent a lifetime protecting and improving both human and “wild” life in Tortuguero, Costa Rica and has made extraordinary contributions to making this a model sustainable, rural town.
With blockchain becoming more commonly used to make large transactions in various digital currencies, there is an opportunity to build in the environmental cost of a product at the individual product level. This is what Todd’s latest venture, Veridum Labs hopes to achieve with their “Verde” digital currency.
Stumbling across the ecotourism company, Wildlife Adventures was a bit of a serendipity. In 2017 on a flight, Joy found an article on the successful rewilding efforts in Europe and the positive impact ecotourism (and ecotourism companies like Wildlife Adventures) were having on conservation, especially in relation to larger predators like the lupo (i.e. Italian for wolf) who were not so long ago (circa 1970s) reviled and hunted nearly to extinction in that part of the world.
As animal lovers, Lyall and I were thrilled to visit Tim in his London based studio. We discussed a range of topics including his evolution as a photographer and artist, his fascination with the relationship between humans and animals, the importance of connecting with nature, the role of art in communicating critical messages and his latest project, Endangered.
Tim Flach is a world renowned photographer. His body of work, which includes 5 published books (Endangered 2017, Evolution, 2013, More than Human, 2012, Dogs Gods, 2010 and Equus, 2008), focuses on a wide variety of animal species but is united by a distinctive style that is derived from his concerns with anthropomorphism and anthropocentrism. His interests lie in the way humans shape animals, and shape their meaning. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Norwich University of the Arts in 2013. His latest project, Endangered, showcases a selection of species that are on or near the brink of extinction.