Shri Jasnath Asan, Rajasthan, India
Photo © Shri Jasnath Asan, 2016
8 DEC 2016
None of these photographs are mine. They were all taken by young students with borrowed cameras and no photographic instruction. All the work shows an exceptional attention to detail and an amazing eye for color and composition. I couldn’t be prouder.
There are certain days in your life that you know you are part of a really wonderful thing. These special days fill you to overflowing with joy, and puts a broad smile on your face. I am proud and pleased to present the photography of the students that joined me at 7am for their first birdwatching/photography experience at Karmlai Pond.
The whole point of me coming to Shri Jasnath Asan was to connect our kids in southern Nevada, USA with those in Rajasthan, India. I hoped it would be a unique way to provide students on both continents with project-based-learning on a global scale in an effort to help them gain an understanding of arid lands, not just the issues being faced in their own community, but also of similar issues and concerns across the world.
As an artist, biologist, and educator, I firmly believe that providing students with field experience and tools to see their world differently allows them to expand their knowledge and appreciation of nature. Birdwatching, photography, and sketching are three such important tools that all strengthen the student’s bond with the natural world. These valuable tools sharpen perception, heighten senses, and reveals a beautiful vibrant world that often goes unnoticed.
By slowing down to observe or photograph, it encourages us to take time to watch the behaviors of wildlife and explore the landscape in a new way. Done with quiet mindfulness it reminds us of our place in the complex web of life on earth and reaffirms of our responsibility to all he fragile life with which we share this planet.
This day filled me with joy.
Panchla Siddha, India
Sharon K. Schafer
I paint, photograph, and speak about wild places in an act of reciprocity that is as vital to me as heartbeat or breath.
My interest in the magic and mystery of the natural world lies at the intersection of art and science.
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