How do we find hope in dark places?
Media director for Panthera, a big cat preservation nonprofit organization, [and photographer for National Geographic] Mr. [Steve] Winter said he had become an activist as much as a photographer. It’s hard work that requires a delicate balance of drawing people in with beautiful photos, but then showing them something more, in hopes that they feel compelled to take action. A tiger carcass is no match for a cute cub, lounging around and seeming happy. “Nobody wants all this negativity, so it’s our job to find a different way to tell the story,” he said. “I’m not saying I’m successful. I’m just trying to do it differently than anybody else has ever done it.”
“The tiger population worldwide has declined by more than 90 percent in the last century, to about 3,500 tigers… The reasons range from hunters killing tigers to sell their bones for medicinal purposes, to the destruction of natural habitat by human settlements.”
You can read more about Mr. Winter’s efforts and his beautiful photography at the NY Times and check out what Explore.org is doing to make a difference here. Check out the gorgeous Explore photos in our Endangered Animal Album.