National Geographic Photographer
Peter Essick on Our Beautiful, Fragile World
Forty may be Peter Essick’s lucky number: He’s done 40 stories for National Geographic over the last 25 years, and was recently named one of the 40 most influential nature photographers in the world by Outdoor Photography Magazine. So perhaps it’s an opportune time for the release of Essick’s second book, Our Beautiful, Fragile World, which offers an exceptional overview of his career photographing nature and environmental stories.
The book takes readers on a picturesque journey to some of the world’s most impressive ecosystems, from America’s National Parks to Patagonia’s Torres Del Paine, from Finland’s Oulanka National Park to penguin colonies in Antarctica. But Essick’s work as a National Geographic photographer also conveys important messages, addressing issues like climate change, Canada’s tar sands, nuclear waste, and the world’s impending fresh water shortage head-on.
We were delighted when Essick reached out to us about the possibility of being featured on Green Global Travel, and even moreso when we arranged an interview over coffee in Atlanta, where we both live. What follows are the highlights of our enlightening hour-long conversation.