Rephotography-Keeping a visual record of changes within a landscape
In the Outdoor Photographer magazine, September 2010 issue, an article by Bill Hatcher describes what rephotography is and why it is not only appealing to photographers but to scientist as well. Rephotography or repeat photography shows us a visual changes over time. The changes can be of any kind such as urban sprawl, natural disasters or some less obvious changes that have happened over time.
Rephotography has become very popular over the years when it comes to science and documentation. Numbers and statistics can be effective in science but visual examples of change can have more of an effective way to document either long term changes or quick aftermath of a natural disaster. Hatcher uses the recent volcanic eruption in Iceland as an example of this technique. Possibly the most well known example of rephotography is the documentation of receding glacial ice. The USGS has documented the glaciers receding all over North America.
This is a fun and intersting aspect of photography that might be helpful in conservation efforts and management plans on the areas of change. Photographers travel all over the world to remote locations to take unique photographs that may prove helpful in documenting changes all over the planet.
In the Outdoor Photographer magazine, September 2010 issue, an article William Sawalich tells about a photographer named John Moran who lives in Florida and will not leave for anything. John Moran is a nature photographer that fell in love with everything Florida and has dedicated his life to photographing the various ecosystems, flora and fawna.
John says he likes to get difficult shots that involve getting down and dirty. He tells about some of the important things in taking nature photography such as lighting and patience. One of his other passions is inventing camera gear that he can harness to a canoe.