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Hartley Martin

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Martin Hartley has committed the last ten years documenting the people and the places that are found at the ends of the Earth. Such photography is a race against time: when isolated communities make first contact with outsiders, traditional values are often exchanged for the trappings of modern civilization.

Any photographer intent on recording a society's way of life needs to tread a fine line between interaction and intrusion. Gaining a community's trust and friendship, by showing respect for their way of life, is essential. Photographing the hostile landscapes that these people inhabit has allowed Martin to communicate the emotions that individuals experience in these extreme locations. Being removed from the comforts associated with modern life by spending months at a time in places where the possibility of rescue is remote has enabled him to appreciate our fleeting presence on this planet.

Source : Adventure Ecology