National Geographic photographer, speaker, author and naturalist, Joel Sartore, is the founder of Photo Ark, an inspiring project that aims to raise awareness about endangered animals. Since 2005, he has undertaken to travel the world, creating series of portraits of animals. Sartore recently published the book "Birds of the Photo Ark", a collection of amazing images documenting more than 300 species of birds.
Sartore's feathered subjects include species from around the world. From the Sage-eyed Devil-eyed Owl to the Predatory Ash Vulture, each bird is captured closely, detailing its variety of colors, plumage patterns and unique personalities. With images from Sartore, Birds of the Photo Ark is accompanied by the words of bird expert Noah Strycker, who tells the story of each species and the crucial role they play in preserving our planet. Sartore believes that "the future of birds and our own future are more intimately connected than we know. "
Sartore predicts that it will take another 15 years to document the 12,000 animal species around the world, but promises to continue until he photographs them all. The simple portraits "give us a chance to look at the animals directly in the eye and see that there is beauty, grace and intelligence in the other creatures with whom we share the planet. No matter the size of the animal, the images are represented with the same black and white backgrounds, and similar scales, "making a mouse just as big as an elephant. In these portraits, they are equal. "
If you are inspired to contribute to the project, you can buy a signed copy of Birds of the Ark Book Photo, or the 400-page Ark Book photo book where you will find images of all kinds of species. All profits are directly involved in the financing of the Photo Ark project. You can also buy art prints of your favorite animals, or simply donate via the National Geographic website .
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