Photographing wildlife can be very rewarding. There is something fascinating about watching wild animals move freely in their natural environment. I feel complete and whole when I find my self in these situations. I understand my role in nature, my duty, my joy and briefly, everything makes sense.
But there is also an extremely sad side to my job; witnessing in real time the alarming disappearance of wild places and creatures. From the Amazon to the Okavango to Alaska to my home Dominican Republic, wild places are vanishing rapidly. We keep taking what is not ours and adding things that should not be; buildings, debris, mines, settlements…Things that are now where they aren’t supposed to be.
This is how the idea of “Insertions”, my latest project, came to be.
These are not digital manipulations, but real photographs taken in different places of the world, then printed, mounted and carried around to another location… where they don’t belong. I have placed elephants in the Dunes of Peravia, Dominican Republic, a flp-necked chameleon in Ebano Verde and so on…
This is a on going project and I hope to work on it for the next few years and to take it as far as I can.
These are only the first images, many more will follow.