Antique Terrarium

PhotographerDianne Yudelson
Prize3rd Place in Nature / Other_N
City/CountryPleasanton, United States
Story

Global warming is wreaking havoc on amphibians, reptiles and insects, causing a staggering loss of biodiversity. Biodiversity is used to gauge the health of an ecosystem and ultimately the survival of our planet. Insect, amphibian and reptile reproduction is tied to extremely narrow windows of time when suitable temperature and moisture regimes coincide. Climbing temperatures cause destruction to foraging, mating and reproduction. These adverse impacts put countless species in danger of future extinction. My series Antique Terrarium II is inspired by my fascination for all forms of life, including insects, reptiles and amphibians. I feel a deep desire to document and celebrate the beauty of wildlife while faithfully attempting to heighten awareness concerning the need to protect and preserve these small yet significant creatures. As a very young girl my fondest memory was sitting on my grandmother’s porch while she showed me tintypes of my great grandmother and other loved ones. Holding these tintypes in my hand and gazing into the eyes of my ancestors while hearing stories of my grandmother’s childhood was an experience I hold dear to my heart. Those tintypes were my first exposure to the art of photography. My series Antique Terrarium II is a melding of my lifelong passion for wildlife photography and my deep appreciation of the tintype image.

Entry Description

Global warming is wreaking havoc on amphibians, reptiles and insects, causing a staggering loss of biodiversity. Biodiversity is used to gauge the health of an ecosystem and ultimately the survival of our planet. Insect, amphibian and reptile reproduction is tied to extremely narrow windows of time when suitable temperature and moisture regimes coincide. Climbing temperatures cause destruction to foraging, mating and reproduction. These adverse impacts put countless species in danger of future extinction. My series Antique Terrarium II is inspired by my fascination for all forms of life, including insects, reptiles and amphibians. I feel a deep desire to document and celebrate the beauty of wildlife while faithfully attempting to heighten awareness concerning the need to protect and preserve these small yet significant creatures.

Story

Global warming is wreaking havoc on amphibians, reptiles and insects, causing a staggering loss of biodiversity. Biodiversity is used to gauge the health of an ecosystem and ultimately the survival of our planet. Insect, amphibian and reptile reproduction is tied to extremely narrow windows of time when suitable temperature and moisture regimes coincide. Climbing temperatures cause destruction to foraging, mating and reproduction. These adverse impacts put countless species in danger of future extinction. My series Antique Terrarium II is inspired by my fascination for all forms of life, including insects, reptiles and amphibians. I feel a deep desire to document and celebrate the beauty of wildlife while faithfully attempting to heighten awareness concerning the need to protect and preserve these small yet significant creatures. As a very young girl my fondest memory was sitting on my grandmother’s porch while she showed me tintypes of my great grandmother and other loved ones. Holding these tintypes in my hand and gazing into the eyes of my ancestors while hearing stories of my grandmother’s childhood was an experience I hold dear to my heart. Those tintypes were my first exposure to the art of photography. My series Antique Terrarium II is a melding of my lifelong passion for wildlife photography and my deep appreciation of the tintype image.

About Photographer

Dianne Yudelson is an award winning photographic artist. Her images have been published in over 50 countries on 6 continents including Washington Post, International New York Times, The New Yorker, CNN, The Huffington Post, Slate Magazine, Musee, and the Daily Mail. Dianne’s work has been exhibited in Spain, France, Scotland, Georgia, Malaysia, Thailand, and all throughout the United States.“My style is eclectic as I embrace the challenge of exploring varied subjects and forms of expression. When inspiration lays a new path before me, I gladly take a detour.