Conservation photographer, Cristina Mittermeier, founded the International League of Conservation Photographers with the notion that images can change the world.
In a Creative Live workshop Mittermeier explains, "One of the wonderful things about photography and this kind of photography is that it can really change the course of history. If you make pictures that are compelling enough, that tell good stories, then those pictures can really influence the way that the law is written and legislation is written."
Her passion project for the past 20 years has been documenting indigenous people of the Amazon, with dignity and compassion. She believes indigenous peoples who live close to the earth are the stewards of biodiversity.
When asked why she loves to photograph biodiversity she says, "It's because its loss is irreversible, what we lose is irreplaceable. Everything else - pollution, urbanization, oil drilling - all of that we can remedy. But once we lose a species it is gone forever. So, we need to pay attention. We are on the verge of losing the big ones, the charismatic ones - lions, polar bears, elephants. We've already lost thousands of the little ones. We need to keep reminding people that it's this fabric of life that holds the whole ecosystem together. I think people forget that clean air, clean water, pollination - all of this comes from a healthy fabric. The minute you start pulling the threads it all comes unraveled. So for me, photographing biodiversity and biodiversity loss is super important."
"If you are looking for a career in something that matters...[photography] won't feed you, but it will make you feel good everyday," says Mittermeier.
Watch Mittermeier's TEDx talk on enoughness for more inspiration.