Art Wolfe takes to HD television to visually show off the beauty and wonder of our planet
By Mark Edward Harris
What’s the next best thing to being on the road with an internationally acclaimed photographer? Perhaps traveling along with him or her to exotic locations via the magic of high-definition television. For years, Seattle-based photographer Art Wolfe has shared his eye and knowledge with others through workshops and books. Now he’s reaching out to a larger audience through a new television series, Travels to the Edge with Art Wolfe.
The half-hour programs take viewers from dizzying heights in Patagonia to the jungles of Madagascar, while also providing indispensable geographic, cultural and environmental lessons all along the way. The clarity and immediacy of HD just might make some of those watching reach for their parkas for some episodes and douse themselves in mosquito repellent for others. Ultimately, the show offers Wolfe’s unique insights on nature and, of course, on photography while showing the beauty and wonder of our planet.
Outdoor Photographer: We understand this show is made to take viewers to diverse locations where nature is truly wild. Tell us some of the places you’re taking us in Travels to the Edge. Art Wolfe: All around the world—from the deserts of Africa to the rain forests of the Amazon, from Antarctica to the American Arctic. We visit Glacier Bay, the American Southwest, Madagascar, Ethiopia and the Bolivian Altiplano, which is the high plain between two branches of the Andes.
We’re going to some remote, wild places. One week we could be visiting a vanishing culture, the next week an endangered species, another week, a threatened or remote landscape. I think the program has a nice pace to it. I turn to the camera quite frequently, explaining to the audience what I’m after. Then the audience can see what I get. I’m also bringing along experts in their respective fields.
Outdoor Photographer: For example?
Wolfe: In India, we’re in the Bandhavgarh National Park with Belinda Wright who heads the Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI). I’m taking pictures there, of course, but we’re also talking about the serious issue of poaching.