Award-winning travel writer, multimedia journalist, and editor-at-large at Lonely Planet, Sebastian Modak, joins Richard on this episode of Beyond The Lens. In 2019, Sebastian spent a year traveling and reporting from all the places on The New York Times ‘52 Places to Go’ list. His work has been published in The Washington Post, Condé Nast Traveler, The Wall Street Journal, AFAR, and BBC Travel. Sebastian was a producer on the MTV World series ‘Rebel Music’ and received the Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship, which allowed him to travel to Botswana, where he spent a year documenting the local hip-hop scene. Besides Botswana and the U.S., Sebastian has lived in Hong Kong, Australia, India, and Indonesia, and traveled to over 70 countries.

In this episode, Sebastian shares how reading ‘The Adventures of Tintin’ comics as a young child sparked a love of storytelling, which led to his desire to write. He delves into his experience of being the ‘52 Places Traveler’ for The New York Times, where he visited 52 different countries in the span of a year. He reveals some of the unexpected challenges he faced, his favorite country, and how we managed the behind-the-scenes logistics. Sebastian explains how a language barrier between himself and an older man he met in Georgia gave him a great piece of advice that he now takes with him in his everyday life, and much more!

To find out more about Sebastian, visit www.sebastianmodak.com.

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In this episode of Beyond The Lens, internationally acclaimed photographer and podcast host, Richard Bernabe provides an insight into safari photography and talks through his tips for preparation, equipment, and capturing great shots. Explaining what is needed to organize such a trip, Richard mentions some of his favorite locations in Africa and shares why he has chosen to go to Maasai Mara in September. Richard talks about the camera equipment he will take for his trip to Kenya, explains each piece’s strengths and reveals some of his expertise and tricks! Finally, Richard discusses his shooting strategy and explains why he likes to keep it simple.

You can follow Richard’s trip to Maasai Mara, Kenya, on his Instagram, @bernabephoto and Twitter, @bernabephoto.

To find out more, visit: www.richardbernabe.com

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Outside Interactive Inc. is the world’s leading creator of active lifestyle content and experiences. This year, CEO Robin Thurston revealed its plans for the ‘Outerverse’ – an adventure-minded, wellness-driven alternative to the Metaverse. The ‘Outerverse’ represents the first comprehensive delve into Web3 technology by a significant consumer media company. Outerverse platform will feature an NFT marketplace, creator platform, and loyalty tokens with the goal of rewarding people for getting outdoors.

In this episode, Robin shares that he was a bike racer in high school, which fuelled his love for nature and outdoor activities. He reveals that he decided to stop racing and ride his bike for fun after having an accident during a race in Switzerland. Together, Robin and Richard discuss the importance of spending time outside in nature to appreciate and feel more connected with the problems our planet is facing. They discuss whether the rise of technology and the internet has caused the younger generation to spend more time inside on their devices and debate how to encourage younger people to spend more time in the great outdoors. Robin delves into Outside Interactive Inc.’s new project, the ‘Outerverse,’ which he describes as ‘anti-Metaverse’. He explains how they created the ‘Outerverse’ to encourage more people to get outdoors by offering in-game and real-life rewards. He also shares how Outside aims to become carbon neutral by 2030, and he explains that every transaction made is 100% offset for all of their partners, brands and creators.

To find out more about Outside and the ‘Outerverse’, visit: www.outside.io

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Over the past 25 years, Africa has lost half of its lion population. The Lion Recovery Fund is a collaborative initiative created by the Wildlife Conservation Network in partnership with the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation with a vision to double the number of lions in Africa. Their investments also affect biodiversity, climate, and the people who live in and around Africa’s majestic conservation areas. With lions as their primary focus, they can address these issues together. Dr. Peter Lindsey identifies Africa’s most innovative and effective projects to conserve lions and restore their landscapes. 

In this episode, Peter reflects on how his childhood passion inspired him to pursue a career in wildlife conservation in his adult life. He recalls his first time seeing a lion on a trip to the bush in Zimbabwe with his parents. He outlines the three different threats to lions: direct – poaching, trophy hunting, captures and snares; indirect – habitat loss, farming, mining and logging; and food sources – the poaching of lion’s prey for bushmeat, and how they all contribute to the decline in the lion population. He expresses the critical role they play in the ecological system as one of the top predators, explaining that they are an “umbrella species,” so if you protect habitats and prey that lions depend on, you know that the ecosystem is pretty intact. Peter reveals that a common misconception people have about lions is that male lions are lazy, and females do all of the hunting – explaining that the two genders have different hunting habits. Finally, Peter shares his goal to double the lion population by 2050 and describes how humans and wildlife can co-exist in Africa.

If you wish to support the cause or want to find out more, visit www.lionrecoveryfund.org/

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Levison Wood – “the toughest man on TV”, is a best-selling author who has written ten books, including ‘Walking the Nile’ and ‘Walking the Himalayas’; he is also the producer of seven critically acclaimed documentaries. As a photographer, Levison has worked in more than 100 countries, capturing his journey and the people he met along the way. Before becoming a photographer, Levison served in the Parachute Regiment for 13 years as a Major of the British Army. A keen conservationist, he is an elected Fellow of both – the Royal Geographical Society and the Explorers Club, and is an ambassador and patron for several charities, including UNICEF.

In this episode, Levison reveals how his childhood passion for reading culture and history books resulted in having an adventurous life himself. These historical tales fed an insatiable curiosity to see what the world is about. Richard grills Levison on the high and low lights from navigating the length of the Nile river and the treacherous foothills of the Himalayas. Levison explains how the ability to endure moments of extreme hardship was shaped by time spent in the army. For Levison, photography is an extension of being able to document travel and being in the right place at the right moment – it’s another way of meeting interesting people and telling their stories. Together, Richard and Levison reminisce about the joys of hospitality from strangers around the world and reflect on how the worst travel experiences often make for the best travel stories. 

To find out more, visit www.levisonwood.com/prints

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The ever-adventurous writer, Sophy Roberts, is the author of ‘The Lost Pianos of Siberia’ a Times, Sunday Times, and Independent ‘Book of 2020’. This non-fiction book explores the pianos created during the boom years of the nineteenth century. Sophy tells the story of her piano hunt through two centuries of Russian history, which reveals an unexpected musical legacy and profound brave humanity. Sophy is a regular radio, podcast, and panel events contributor, focusing on travel stories from remote parts of the world, with a particular interest in literary work, history, and culture.

In this episode, Sophy shares what inspired her to write about travelling and how looking at the sky above empty landscapes fill her with optimism. She describes how she got into writing and explains why she sees herself as a travelling writer. Together, they discuss their passion for exploration and capturing the world’s natural beauty through writing and photography. Sophy looks back on her journey in penning ‘The Lost Pianos of Siberia’, revealing why she associates warm feelings with the country after meeting Siberian people. Sophy reflects on her experience visiting a national park in Tanzania, which leads to the debate on the benefits of tourism on wildlife conservation.

 

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An activist for endangered species, Moose, has dedicated his life to educating and protecting America’s wildlife through his award-winning photography. Through his imagery, Moose also documents and helps preserve the legacy of America’s aviation heritage with an aim to showcase the freedoms they protect. Moose is the author of 29 books, including ‘Takeoff: The Alpha to Zulu of Aviation Photography (Voices That Matter)’  a one-of-a-kind book that teaches readers how to start taking beautiful, intriguing photographs of aircraft, and a best-seller ‘Captured: Lessons from Behind the Lens of a Legendary Wildlife Photographer (Voices That Matter)’the ultimate guide to wildlife photography. In 1999, he was one of the original Nikon shooters to receive the D1; embracing new technology. Moose became one of the first wildlife photographers in the world to shoot strictly digital.

In this episode, Richard and Moose discuss a passion for wildlife and the power of using the camera for storytelling. They reflect on the cataclysmic effect of the changes humans have had on our planet over the last 10 years. As a result, the sad reality is that Moose has photographed 7 extinct species, that now just sit as part of his archive library. Moose talks about his experience where one of his single photographs saved an endangered species from extinction. Consequently, this is why photography is vital for preserving moments in time, which is also why Moose has a particular interest in documenting America’s aviation heritage. 

Discover inside photography tips on how to work with an art director and photo editor. Along with the importance of passion and patience over forcing “a good photo”. 

As one of the most prolific explorers and mountaineers, Conrad Anker has summited Mount Everest three times. In 1999, Anker discovered the body of George Mallory, one of the two British climbers who died attempting to climb Everest in 1924, helping to shed more light on one of mountaineering’s most famous mysteries. He has made many notable first ascents, from Alaska, through the Himalayas, to Antarctica, not only choosing the highest peaks but the most difficult ones. 

In this conversation, Conrad shares how climbing helps him feel more connected to other people through cooperation and sharing the same goals. He looks back on some of his most significant climbs including the Kichatna Spire in 1987 and discovering George Mallory’s body on Mount Everest in 1999, explaining how this was a humbling experience for him. Together, Conrad and Richard remember photographer Galen Rowell, and Conrad shares some of his favourite memories. Finally, he touches upon the dangers of climbing and expresses the importance of having different experiences, as it is those moments that make life sweet.

To find out more about Conrad visit www.conradanker.com

An activist for marine life conservation, Ellen Cuylaerts is an award-winning underwater and wildlife photographer. Ellen educates on the challenges our oceans are facing and has addressed heads of state at the UN General Assembly to highlight the plight of filmmakers engaging in the protection of the oceans. Since 2018, Ellen has also been diving in the silence of caves and in 2019 was inducted into the Women Divers Hall of Fame. Today, her work is on display in exhibitions around the world.

In this conversation, Richard investigates what it takes to photograph successfully in unpredictable underwater conditions, especially when face to face with sharks. Ellen talks of her methodology, inspiration and unique mindset. She explains how her images bridge a deeper connection between humanity and nature, which is vital when we are faced with pollution and climate change.

David Burkus, one of the world’s most highly-regarded business thinkers, is a best selling author and contributing writer for many notable publications, such as The Financial Times, Forbes and Harvard Business Review. He shares captivating stories and practical takeaways to diverse audiences, giving them a compelling insight into how organizations and individuals can do their best work. David is also the author of ‘The Myths of Creativity’, which aims to demystify the processes that drive innovation, highlighting the mistaken ideas that hold us back.

Together, David and Richard discuss the difference between creativity and innovation, explaining that an idea can be creative without being applied and becomes an innovation when the thought is used. David busts some notable creativity misconceptions like the “eureka myth”, which is the concept that ideas come to you; the “breed myth”, which preaches that creative people are a particular type of person and finally, the “mousetrap myth”, which refers to the ideology that people’s first reaction to creative and novel ideas will be rejection. Finally, he argues why the idea that “no idea is a bad idea” is inaccurate and that pushing back on people’s suggestions can help strengthen them.

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