The photography of The Nature Conservancy's Eastern Nebraska Program Director Chris Helzer was recently featured at the LUMAS Gallery in New York City as part of a show called Portraits of Nature. The show, which runs through June 6th, features three distinct themes examining the manner in which the landscape, water, and wildlife are portrayed through the photographic lens.
Shots chosen for the show included insect close-ups, native and restored prairies, birds, and snow scenes. "Photography is my vehicle for discovery in prairies," said Helzer. "When I'm walking around prairies at work at The Nature Conservancy or even on my own, I notice things and try to pay attention to what I'm seeing as best I can. But I'm evaluating—trying to figure out what's happening as a result of the management or restoration strategies we're employing. In contrast, being behind a camera in a prairie is what I imagine it must be like to be inside a submersible in the ocean. With a camera, I feel more like an explorer than just a passer-by or a scientist, and I look at things much differently."
Starting in June the online auction site GILT Groupe will have a photo sale featuring these photographs. Net proceeds from print sales will go to the Conservancy.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.