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Understanding Nature through Photography : An Empirical Analysis of the Intents of Nature Photographers and the Preparatory Process

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Title: Understanding Nature through Photography : An Empirical Analysis of the Intents of Nature Photographers and the Preparatory Process
Authors: Ohara, Naoyuki Browse this author
Yamanaka, Yasuhiro Browse this author →KAKEN DB
Trencher, Gregory Browse this author →KAKEN DB
Keywords: Nature photography
nature photographer
environmental advocacy
stock photography
Issue Date: 23-Jun-2020
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Journal Title: Environmental communication
Volume: 13
Issue: 8
Start Page: 1053
End Page: 1068
Publisher DOI: 10.1080/17524032.2019.1572638
Abstract: This study examined the intent, preparatory processes and challenges of nature photographers mainly shooting plants and animals in northern Japan. Findings revealed efforts to actively absorb scientific knowledge related to subjects during the preparatory process. Thus, a core intention is to capture nature in a scientifically credible manner, thereby demonstrating intimate understanding of subjects acquired from both scientific knowledge and first-hand field observations. In constructing their self-identity and attributing purpose to their work, photographers are grappling with internal tensions and contradictions when deciding the optimal distance to place between their field and related professions such as stock photography and artistic expression. We also observed cases where the original intentions of scientifically credible images from nature photographers might be lost as images are freely diffused via digital stock photo libraries. This harbors implications for the ability of the public to knowingly view photographs with a sort of "quality assurance" based on natural science.
Rights: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Environmental communication on 20 Jun 2019, available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17524032.2019.1572638
Type: article (author version)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2115/78658
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