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Daniel Beltrá

Logged areas south of Dayun, Sumatra, Indonesia, Aug. 30, 2008. © Daniel Beltra, courtesy of Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago

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I find inspiration in the beauty and complexity of nature. The fragility of our ecosystems is a continuous thread throughout my work. To capture this, I often work from the air, which more easily allows for the juxtaposition of nature with the destruction wrought by unsustainable development. This unique perspective helps emphasise that the Earth and its resources are finite. By bringing images from remote locations where human and business interests and nature are at odds, I hope to instil a deeper appreciation for nature and an understanding of the precarious balance our lifestyle has placed on the planet.” Daniel Beltrá

Born in Madrid, Spain, Daniel Beltrá is a photographer based in Seattle, Washington. His passion for conservation is evident in images of our environment that are evocatively poignant. The most striking large-scale photographs by Beltrá are images shot from the air. This perspective gives the viewer a wider context to the beauty and destruction he witnesses, as well as revealing a delicate sense of scale. After two months of photographing the Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill, he produced many visually arresting images of the man-made disaster. For his work he received the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award and the Lucie Award for the International Photographer of the Year – Deeper Perspective. His SPILL photos toured the world independently and as part of the Prix Pictet exhibitions. Daniel’s work has been published by the most prominent international publications including The New Yorker, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, Le Monde, and El Pais, amongst many others. Beltrá is a fellow of the prestigious International League of Conservation Photographers.