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Edge of Africaby Carlton Ward
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Published in association with the Smithonian's Biodiversity Group, Planet Animal is a visual feast of astonishing wildlife photography. Photographer Carlton Ward has spent six of the last twelve months stationed in a complex in Gabon, literally on the Edge of Africa. He spent the whole of that time capturing, photographing and releasing animals, with astonishing results. Many of the creatures have been photographed close-up against a black background, which gives quite astonishing detail and clarity. Many of the creatures he photographs are extremely rare, and some have never been caught on film before. There are also a large number of in-situ shots, using an extremely complicated technique that involves setting up a night-time camera along a beaten path; the camera is fitted with a motion detector, which is triggered by the movement of larger animals, causing the camera to remotely take a photographs. There were many, many false alarms, but the shots that worked - one in every twenty rolls, apparently - are incredible. There is only one other camera set-up like this in the world. There is also a collection of shots that are extremely unusual - a hippo in the sea, is one example, and is a shot that Carlton had to wait for hours to get. What is unique about Gabon is the incredible diversity of life that exists there, it is as dense as any part of the planet, and serves, in ecological terms as a perfect example of how industry can work to the very best practice. The whole Gabon Diversity project is sponsored by Shell, who drill for oil in the area, and yet are doing so in a manner that actually protects the local wildlife, rather than endangers it. Their methods could and should serve asa model for industries in all other parts of the globe.
Book News Annotation:
In a bilingual English-French volume published in association with the Smithsonian Institution, a US environmental photojournalist and Smithsonian scientists showcase Gabon's spectacular biodiversity. Forewords by the president of Gabon and US Secretary of State refer to the central African country's conservation efforts. The book shows the publisher as Hydra Publishing, which is an old name for Hylas Publishing.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
There is a magical place at the edge of Africa where rainforest meets ocean, where elephants and buffalos walk white sand beaches, and hippos, crocs, and sea turtles share the surf. The forest rises a hundred feet tall, full of life and a layered complexity stretching far beyond the horizon. Forests, grasslands, rivers, and lagoons form a unique landscape mosaic. There is no place like it on Earth.
Gabon has a story to tell. Its landscapes inspire explorers and scientists with a forest-to-ocean fabric rich in biological diversity. Expeditions are unlocking a treasure chest of knowledge on biology and ecology - the science behind conservation. Unprecedented biodiversity studies are discovering a wealth of species, including several new to science.
The Edge of Africa brings light to the unseen wonders of Gabon - from its smallest creatures to its broadest landscapes to the people who call it home. Photographs by Carlton Ward Jr. and text by Michelle Lee capture its stunning essence.
The world is grateful to Gabon for conserving its precious wilderness heritage. May Gabon's inspiring story speak to you.
Featuring both studio and 'in nature' photographs, this book will take the reader on an incredible journey. The unique photographs show the wildlife, habitats and people of Gabon. Camera traps equipped with motion sensors captured some of the most astonishing photographs ever to be seen of animals on the prowl at night. Combining breathtaking photography with serious, scientific editorial content, this book will delight anyone interested in seeing a glimpse of one of the most bio-diverse places on earth.
About the Author
Carlton Ward is a professional photographer. This is his first book.
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