About

Kyle 凯 Obermann 欧阳

Exploration for Conservation || 为了保护自然而去探险

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I'm an environmental explorer, photographer and writer based in China. Most of my work is east of the Hu Line. Most people know this region as "Tibet," but it's much more.

I am currently in the middle of a year-long project documenting grassroots environmental movements in China's Hengduan Mountains, one of the least explored and most ecologically interesting areas in the world. In 2017 I was awarded the WildChina Explorer Grant for this project and am working with The North Face to bring awareness and gear to those back country conservationists who need it most.

No matter where in the world, my work focuses on #explorationforconservation, or showcasing humans in nature and the ability of explorers to make a positive impact on the lands they explore rather than just achieve new records. As we face an unclear future of dynamic environmental change, the majority of which are negative and not completely understood, we must directly link the practice with exploring wild places with that of protecting them."Because they are there," is no longer enough. They are at serious risk of not "being there" if we do nothing.

Previously I have worked, consulted, and shot assignments with Conservation International, The Explorers Club, China Mountain Trail, Peking University Environmental Public Policy Research Institute, Shanshui Conservation Center, Chinese National Astronomy, REI, The Outbound Collective, Volvo, and many more international organizations working with exploration and conservation of vital lands. 

If you want to join or support me in my work please reach out. I am always looking to explore more stories and reach greater audiences.

我是一位环境与户外冒险自由摄影师和记者。在华具备两年的学习及工作经验、14年在一所美国文理学院政治专业毕业,并14年到15年是北京大学孔子学院全奖获得者和加入北大环境与国际关系学院。主要与环保有关的研究项目涉及中国环保NGO和政府合作的模式和现状、北京公共自行车租赁站体系开展,以及美国城市的环境公共参与运动。目前在一家生产活性炭油气回收技术美国公司工作,七月份后准备离开本岗位在华进行专职环保与户外探险摄影。

我决定做环境摄影仅有一个原因:国家前三十多年的经济利益为主的发展政策以后,众所周知中国现今的环境存在一个日增退化而腐化的状态。但现在的中国政府在反思之前的经济发展走势,目前便是更注意和解决环境和生态恶化。更有趣是,越来越多民间环保组织正在涌现,和国、省、县、乡政府联手实践环境保护。在此种尚存完好却政府与公众日益参与环境保护的现状下,如今是环境摄影师可以大显身手的时代。

然而我们在媒体上往往仅能看到中国的负面环境报告,譬如:北京的天空有霾无蓝、水资源没管理好、各个省县环保部的腐败、及科学数据不可靠。这些批评有一定的重要道理,但他们不是反应全面的真相或给人对未来希望的理由。因此,在华当一位外国环境摄影师,我拍照的目标则是记录中国西部的民间自然保护运动和机构,即记录他们所做的在地环境守护者努力工作以及他们住在边远山野地方的感染力。我要通过环境摄影将自然保护和主流社会链接,不仅是向中国人民传播生态价值而是令西方知晓中国目前草根环境情况运动的积极方面与中国未探险之处的奇妙性和值得保护性。我要如此使用相机支持中国的老百姓将环保任务担起来,亦如此接近中国未来的良好环境。