“If there is something in nature you don't understand, odds are it makes sense in a deeper way that is beyond your understanding. Just as there is a dichotomy in law: 'innocent until proven guilty' as opposed to 'guilty until proven innocent', let me express my rule as follows: what Mother Nature does is rigorous until proven otherwise; what humans and science do is flawed until proven otherwise.”
― Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Amish Chhagan is a Zambia raised award winning wildlife and conservation photographer based out of Barcelona, Spain. Growing up in Zambia, he was fortunate to be in close proximity to the African flora and fauna. The glaring contrasts between the urban city where Amish grew up and the wilderness was apparent from a young age; ecological, physical, visual, and mental. The serenity of these vast lands, the blissful feelings it created, and the excitement of spotting wildlife often transpired; more so when he found photography (or when photography found him).
Amish’s role as a wildlife photographer exists because there are beautiful and spectacular moments to capture in the wild, but therein exists an important duty to the preservation and conservation of the wilderness and its natural habitat. This gives him a bigger sense of responsibility as a human and photographer to use his work to showcase the beauty of the once abundant wildlife we had on the planet.
His commitment to his craft and passion for conservation are fierce as he conveys below:
“This is not a business for me, it is part of a revolution to protect the planet and its wildlife inhabitants using the most powerful weapon I own – my camera.”