The Story of Life in Photographs

988669_10152882434160652_1893030052_nWelcome to another Tuesday with TED. Today we have photographer Frans Lanting, one of the greatest nature photographers of our time. His work has been featured in National Geographic, Audubon, and Time, as well as numerous award-winning books. Lanting’s recent exhibition, The LIFE Project, offers a lyrical interpretation of the history of life on Earth.

In the pursuit of his work, Lanting has lived in the trees with wild macaws, camped with giant tortoises inside a volcanic crater, and documented never-before-photographed wildlife and tribal traditions in Madagascar. The Dutch-born, California-based photographer has traveled to Botswana’s Okavango Delta, the rain forests of Borneo, and the home of emperor penguins in Antarctica.

The resulting photographs – staggering in their beauty, startling in their originality — have brought much-needed attention to endangered species and ecological crises throughout the world. In 2001, HRH Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands inducted Lanting as a Knight in the Royal Order of the Golden Ark, the country’s highest conservation honor — just one of many honors he has received throughout his illustrious career.

In this stunning slideshow, Lanting presents The LIFE Project, a poetic collection of photographs (with soundtrack by Phillip Glass)  that tell the story of our planet, from its eruptive beginnings to its present diversity.

What did you think of Lanting’s story? Did you find it effective?

Until next time,
Cynthia Patton

About Cynthia J. Patton

Writer, Editor, Advocate, Speaker, Special Needs Attorney, and Autism Mom. Also the Founder and Chairperson of Autism A to Z, a nonprofit providing resources and solutions for life on the spectrum.
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