Photographer Chris Schmid of Morges, Switzerland, recently traveled to Masai Mara, Kenya, to document how the Kenyans living there were helping to preserve their natural environment.
The 3-minute video above is a behind-the-scenes look at Schmid’s journey.
“For photography I’ve used a lot the a99 coupled with the 500mm and the 70-200mm,” Schmid tells PetaPixel. “When I’m on site, I would prefer to stay far away from the animal and use a telephoto lens to have a natural feel to the images. If it wants to get closer, that’s great, but I would never force the contact.”
“My priority is also to place the animal in its environment; it’s very important for me to show the link between the animal and its habitat. If we want to protect a species it starts with protecting the environment around it.”
Here are some of the photos Schmid captured during the trip:
“Today we’re losing 5 lions a day, 5 elephants an hour, and 1 rhino every 7 hours to poaching and it’s becoming an epidemic,” Schmid says.
The video above is actually the second episode of a new video series titled “Off the Beaten Track,” which Schmid launched to offer a look at his work and travels. Here’s the first one:
Image credits: Videos and photographs by Chris Schmid and used with permission