Tuesday, April 7, 2009
The walkways that have been built in rain-forest canopies around the world during the past two decades provide wonderful opportunities to experience and photograph the arboreal world where primate eyesight evolved. With my wife and partner, Chris Eckstrom, I had traveled to one of them, a swaying aerial bridge strung up in a magnificent cloud forest in Costa Rica, for a National Geographic assignment about the boundaries of biodiversity.
One morning we went out after a night of heavy rain, which had refreshed all colors in the forest. As Chris walked ahead of me in her red rain jacket, I was well aware of the potent effect of combining red and green in color designs, but then I noticed other things coalescing as well. When she walked off into the distance to a point where the walkway cables appeared to come together, she became a focal point in more ways than one. As a subject, she combined a familiar outline with the unfamiliar world of the rain forest; she was framed in a composition where all elements converge; and she accentuated a color scheme that goes to the heart of our primate perception.
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