Jason Edwards: "Whenever I work in remote communities I’m very aware of the many cultures and beliefs I’m experiencing and that’s it’s my responsibility to document these differences and not judge them. Even though I’m aware communities that have limited sources of protein consume much of the wildlife removed from the Amazon basin, it was still one of my most difficult assignments witnessing countless species some of which are endangered butchered for consumption."
There is something about working with Big Cats, maybe it’s a primal connection to predators that humans have from our evolutionary past when we were once prey. The tragic plight of carnivores and cats in particular in South America means that more and more species are being pushed to the brink of extinction. As amazing as it was to be able to interact with an adult Jaguar the reality that underpinned that opportunity was emotionally devastating.
There are no two ways about it I’m a water baby. If I’m on assignment where I know there’s no place to swim that’s fine but aside from that I’m quite the Grizzly Bear if I don’t get wet several times a week. I never hesitate to get a dive or snorkel in whenever I can especially in the tropics. I’m incredibly drawn to micro environments where countless species inhabit small spaces. The longer you spend watching a small piece of reef the more you see of the myriad complexities and interactions of life in the sea.