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Conservation Photography

March 13, 2010

Please Join the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve for our next Brown Bag Lunch Seminar on March 18 from 12:00 – 1:00 PM at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center Auditorium.

Topic: Conservation Photography

Presenter: Myfanwy Rowlands, 2009 Rolex Scholar of the Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society

Conservation Photography is simply photography that empowers conservation. This talk will give a brief introduction to the topic of Conservation Photography, and will trace cross-cutting issues of culture, power, nature, and justice and the ways in which images are used to portray them, particularly in those relating to Alaska and its landscapes and cultures. We will follow the progression of Conservation Photography from one of its earliest case studies – the American Indian in Historical Photography – and trace its progress up to its current manifestations in the environmentally active climate in which we find ourselves today.

Myfanwy RowlandsMyfanwy Rowlands, 24, is the 2009 Rolex Scholar of the Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society. Myfanwy grew up in the gold-rush town of Nevada City, California. When she was fourteen, she earned her SCUBA certification in Roatan, Honduras, and eventually received her NAUI Divemaster certification in 2005. Now, ten years and 700 dives after getting certified, she has added scientific and rebreather diving to her underwater experience. Myfanwy completed coursework for a BA in Marine Science and a BS in Conservation & Resource Studies from the University of California at Berkeley in 2009, and she plans to begin a Ph.D. program for marine biology & conservation in 2011. Myfanwy’s main enthusiasm outside of marine biology has been photography. She very much enjoyed teaching a Conservation Photography course at UC Berkeley in 2009, and she hopes to use her photography to bear witness to the marine conservation issues and ocean crises she encounters during her scholarship travels.

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