James A. Christensen
The admiration and study of nature has for me been a life-long passion. As a child my every spare moment was spent wandering the fields and forests of rural British Columbia in search of the birds, amphibians, and reptiles that so fascinated me. Hours that should have been devoted to schoolwork often found me secretly looking into my growing natural history library. I pored over my worn reference books ceaselessly and took Roger Tory Peterson's 'Field Guide to Western Birds' and Robert C. Stebbins' 'Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians' for my gospel.
Perhaps incongruously, an interest in military history and a strong desire to become a soldier grew in parallel with my love of nature. Consequently I joined the army at a young age and spent several years in the military. Of course, soldiering took me frequently out of doors and also sent me travelling widely. My first experience of the Neotropical Rainforest was as a student at the Jungle Operations Training School at Fort Sherman, Panama; while there I slipped away alone into the forest with binoculars and bird guide at every opportunity. The hothouse environment of the Caribbean lowland forest was so incredibly bio-diverse that I knew immediately that I must return and explore it further, ideally without the constraints necessarily imposed by my military status. Thus began my love affair with the New World tropics.
Since that first tantalising glimpse into the humid Panamanian rainforest I have returned many times to Latin America and I have enthusiastically studied the natural history of that region all the while. I have always enjoyed recording my experiences through photography and in recent years I've been taking this aspect of my travels very seriously. The time is now right for me to introduce my vision of nature to the public. It is my hope that in doing so I may draw attention to both the beauty and the fragility of our living world and thereby help to preserve it. I seek to provide a means by which people may engage with and relate to the creatures I've been fortunate to meet on my travels in nature; the sometimes weird and always wonderful organisms whose fate is so inextricably bound up with our own: our fellow Earthlings.
I use professional Nikon photographic equipment, currently shooting with the D300 and the Fujifilm S5 Pro.