NCC helps tell Tall Tales
John E. Marriott speaking at the Tall Tales, Long Lenses launch in Calgary (Photo by NCC)
There is a natural relationship between conservation and wildlife photography; connected landscapes are key to the survival of many wild species, and these bears, wolves, caribou and bobcats are just some of the subjects that wildlife photographer John E. Marriott captures on camera.
Photography of these beautiful spaces and species helps to inspire in people a love of the natural world, which is why John chose to partner with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) to launch his new book Tall Tales, Long Lenses at an event in Calgary.
The event was hosted at Cardel Theatre on December 4. The evening began with NCC’s own Larry Simpson, who spoke to the audience about the work NCC does and described the history of conservation in western Canada.
Then for the next hour, John entertained those in attendance with stories from his book. Sometimes he read excerpts from the chapters, and other times he re-enacted his encounters with his animal subjects.
He told his listeners about his early days fishing at Scotch Creek with his father, which sparked his love for the natural world, and narrated his adventures capturing his first wildlife photos on a Kodak Instamatic.
The animal subjects John includes in his book include Field, the first grizzly he ever photographed, Delinda, the alpha female of the Bow Valley wolf pack, and his one-day love affair with a very special pine marten.
Tall Tales, Long Lenses is a culmination of John’s 20-year career as a photographer, so those already familiar with his work will probably already recognize some of the stories and images. But there are a few chapters that he has never shared before, ensuring that everyone will find some surprises within the pages of his latest book.
Over the decades, John has developed a career as a prominent wildlife photographer. His first book, Central Rockies Mammals, was published in 1997, and since then his images have graced the pages of numerous magazines, including National Geographic Adventure, Backpacker, Canadian Geographic, Reader's Digest, Outdoor Photography Canada, Photolife, Ranger Rick and OWL.
His web series, Exposed with John E. Marriott, is a documentary-style series featuring his favourite subjects, tips for aspiring photographers and issues regarding wildlife conservation.
Between John and Larry, the night featured two men who are passionate about their causes. The connection between land conservation and wildlife photography is obvious, and working together, we hope to raise awareness of the stories of hope and the challenges both parties face in preserving the wild spaces and the species that live there.