photographers, marine biologists, and conservationists, Cristina Mittermeier
and Paul Nicklen, co-founders of SeaLegacy, a non-profit organization dedicated
to marine conservation, shared their exceptional experiences and stunning
videos and photographs exploring the world and the ocean during their lecture
at The Bruce Museum in Greenwich,
Connecticut. The lecture was in conjunction with their Double Exposure exhibition
at the C. Parker Gallery located on
Greenwich Avenue, and it was a very memorable way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Cristina Mittermeier and Paul Nicklen
May 7, 2023, we attended Cristina Mittermeier's and Paul Nicklen's lecture at the
newly renovated The Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut. Esteemed guests at
the well-attended lecture included United States Senator Richard Blumenthal,
and Connecticut State Senator Ryan Fazio.
US Senator Richard Blumenthal
the adage is, "a picture is worth a thousand words," it is often the backstory
of photographs that make them even more meaningful. Thus was the case with the
visually stunning photographs taken around the world by pre-eminent
photographers, marine biologists, and conservationists Cristina Mittermeier and
Paul Nicklen. As an audience, when we look at photographs, we only know what we
see, so it was a rare treat to be able to have Cristina and Paul speak at
length about their photographs and video footage, and how they were able to
obtain them, during their travels around the world while on assignment for the
prestigious National Geographic.
CT Senator Ryan Fazio
viewing an amazing nature photograph have you ever wondered how the
photographer was able to capture that image? Did you ever wonder how long it
took or how many shots it took before getting that award-winning photograph?
Perseverance and patience are the two traits that a nature photographer must
have in abundance. For Paul's photograph of male narwhales, he described how it
took him five years before he was able to photograph them due to weather conditions
and other deterrents.
One of the
many exceptional photographs that they showed during their presentation, which
we saw later that afternoon during our visit to the C. Parker Gallery, was a breathtakingly
beautiful photograph taken by Paul Nicklen of a polar bear looking inside an
open window entitled Face to Face. Looking at the photograph we could
not even image what it would feel like to photograph a polar bear in such close
proximity; we can only imagine that our hearts would have been racing with
Face to Face
For Paul's Face
to Face polar bear photograph, he described staying in a 6-foot by 8-foot
cabin and looking for polar bears without success for 30 days, when he suddenly
saw a polar bear outside his cabin window. He was able to capture that moment
by slowly easing open the window and then shot the photograph while holding his
laptop up to shed extra light in the dimly lit cabin as the bear looked in the cabin
window. He also explained that once he shot the photograph, he closed the
window rather quickly before the bear could venture inside. Such a great
backstory behind that memorable photograph.
divers, we especially appreciated and enjoyed Cristina's and Paul's underwater
video footage and underwater photography and fell in love with their photograph
of seals entitled Propulsion, which is a majestical, magic moment with the
seals rocketing towards the surface in a water column with light streaming down
into the water after having been feeding down deep.
photographs and video clips were stunning and evocative, Cristina's and Paul's
lecture also reminded the audience about the fragility of the oceans and the
importance of conservation efforts to maintain them.
Debra C. Argen, Cristina Mittermeier,
Paul Nicklen, C. Parker Gallery
If you have
the chance to attend one of their lectures, it will be time well spent. If you
would like to see or purchase Cristina's and Paul's impressive photographs and
books, their Double Exposure exhibition is at the C. Parker Gallery located
at 409 Greenwich Avenue in Greenwich, Connecticut until June 26, 2023.
time, keep enjoying and supporting the arts!
video to learn more about Cristina
Mittermeier and Paul Nicklen and their impressive work: https://www.cparkergallery.com/paul-nicklen-and-cristina-mittermeier
more about Cristina Mittermeier and Paul Nicklen and SeaLegacy please visit the
website: www.sealegacy.org or email them at
is the global marketing, education, and communication agency for the ocean. At
the nexus of climate action and sustainable solutions, we create strategies and
content that instill hope and move audiences into action. SeaLegacy is a 501c3
Nonprofit organization and gifts made to SeaLegacy are tax-deductible to the
extent allowable by law. To inquire about supporting SeaLegacy's mission with a
tax-deductible gift, please email
Mittermeier's and Paul Nicklen's Double Exposure Exhibition at the C.
Parker Gallery in Greenwich, Connecticut runs until June 26, 2023.
Hours: The C. Parker Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 am
until 5:00 pm, and Sunday from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm. The Gallery is closed on
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