Earth Day Exhibit at Credit Suisse: Wroclaw, Poland

April 29, 2017

After much hard work on the part of Anna Trojnar-Gibki, an exhibit of my water images was unveiled in Wroclaw, Poland for Earth Day 2017. The exhibit is now on display in the Credit Suisse office at the Green Day Building on Szczytnicka Street.

On April 21, to kick off Earth Day, the bank held an event: “Doing Well, By Doing Good” which consisted of a presentation about responsible investment and an introduction to the exhibit.

The gallery of images will be exhibited through May 5. After which, the images will be auctioned off, and monies raised will go to Credit Suisse’s Charity of the Year, which focuses on children with cancer.

Many thanks to Anna Trojnar-Gibki for her relentless efforts to make this happen!

Image Courtesy of Anna Trojnar-Gibki

 

Singapore: Elysium Artists for the Arctic Exhibit

April 6, 2017

Photo Courtesy of Ruban Kumar

The Elysium Artists for the Arctic Exhibition opened in Singapore on April 5, 2017 with ocean scientists, Dr. Sylvia A. Earle and, Photographer,  Michael Aw addressing guests and signing books. The exhibition features a collection of images, curated by Rosamund Kidman Cox, Peter Ong, and Miriam Stein Battles. The featured photographs and paintings are the culmination of a three week journey across the High Arctic.

Photo Courtesy of Ruban Kumar

The expedition, which I took part in as a contributing photographer, took place over August and September of 2015, consisted of 66 team members from 19 countries. Some of the members included legends such as Dr. Sylvia Earle, David Doubilet, Jennifer Hayes, Michael Aw, Ernie Brooks II, Wyland, and Leandro Blanco. Along with the other passionate team members this multi-faceted interpretation of the Arctic came together. Painters, cinematographers, photographers, and musicians united to create this body of work In order to generate awareness for climate change––through the arts.

Dr. Sylvia A. Earle and Michael Aw presenting the Elysium book

The exhibit can be viewed between April 5 and April 16 at Ion Orchard (Level 4) in Singapore and will then move on to Marina Mandarin Hotel Gallery (Level 5) through May 8, 2017.

Sedna Epic Expedition

April 15, 2016
Very exciting news I’d like to share this week! I am thrilled to announce I have joined the all-women Sedna Epic team and will be traveling in late July with them to Baffin Island, in the Canadian Territory of Nunavut. Sedna’s educational outreach program will work with Inuit communities and in particular young women to deliver an educational outreach program focused on ocean conservation and climate change.

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The Plan:

Snorkel the Northwest Passage for Climate Change

Over the next three summers the team will snorkel the Canadian Arctic’s 3,000 km Northwest Passage from Pond Inlet to Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories.
The all-female team of scientists, explorers, educators, and artists will be the first to attempt the voyage. By completing this journey we hope to bring worldwide attention to disappearing sea ice and climate change.

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Bringing the Ocean to Eye Level:

Throughout the journey Team Sedna will work with ten Inuit communities to deliver educational outreach programs focused on ocean conservation and climate change. These programs will consist of using ROV’s (remotely operated vehicles/underwater robots) equipped with videcameras, mobile aquariums, and snorkel safari’s to enable the local community to explore the biodiversity of the underwater world in their very own backyards.

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Combining Aboriginal and Scientific Knowledge to Mitigate Global Warming

Via Sedna’s social media channels and various media coverage, we hope to give the Inuit community a platform to express their knowledge, experience, and perspectives on the changing Arctic climate.

In late July, the Sedna Epic team will travel to Iqaluit, Nunavat (Baffin Island) where we will deliver an educational ocean outreach program with the local Inuit community. The outreach program will focus on educating, inspiring, and empowering young Inuit girls to pursue careers in the sciences.

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Empowering Women and Girls

The sea women will provide mentorship to Inuit youth, introducing them to the possibility of careers in marine biology, fisheries management, seafood harvesting, ocean engineering, remotely operated vehicle pilots, marine archaeology, climate science, movie-making and photography, and as dive masters and dive instructors in the nascent dive and snorkel tourism industry in Nunavut.

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Image of Sedna by Anthony Galbraith

In Inuit mythology, Sedna is the goddess/mother of the sea and all of its creatures.

 

Investing in the Future of the Arctic:

The Arctic is quite an expensive place, but with your support I hope to offset some of the costs involved. The costs associated with just this leg of the journey could easily exceed $18,000.

Any bit of support would be most appreciated and would go a long way. No contribution is too small!

For your support, I’ve compiled a range of rewards:

For $20, I will send an email update to you from the expedition.

For $35, I will send you or a loved one a postcard from the Arctic.

For $50, you will receive an 11×14 print of your choice from either my website, blog, or social media channels (or your choice of any of the preceding).

For $75, you will receive a 16×20 print of your choice from my website (or your choice of any of the preceding).

For $100, you will receive a 20×30 print from my website (or your choice of any of the preceding).

For $250, you will either receive a one hour pool portrait session in the Greater NYC area or a one hour skype session on underwater photography tips and tricks (or your choice of any of the preceding).

For $500, book an hour-long Remote Speaking Engagement via Skype on either the July Sedna Expedtion or conservation photography (or your choice of any of the preceding).

For $1,000, book a Speaking Engagement in New England (or your choice of any of the preceding).

For 2,500, book a Speaking Engagement in the continental United States (or your choice of any of the preceding).

If you are interested in donating please visit: www.gofundme.com/jlentini

Questions, ideas, or shared passions? Please feel free to contact me!

Nakurmiik! (Thank you in Inuktitut)

Water Collective | 5th Annual Gala

January 24, 2016

We are always interested in supporting organizations which strive to make a difference in this world, however big or small. This past December we had the opportunity to work with an amazing organization called The Water Collective. We were involved in documenting their fifth annual gala which shows thanks to “guardians” for their support throughout the year as well as helps raise funds to support their continued and future water projects in Cameroon and India.

The Gala was held at Union Square Ballroom in Manhattan on the evening of December 4th. Over the course of the night we photographed and filmed over a hundred New Yorkers as they showed their support for fixing broken water projects in the developing world. Clean drinking water is something every human being should have access to and organizations like The Water Collective are making it possible. If you agree, please consider supporting their cause at www.watercollective.org!

Here are a few images from the evening:

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Adopt an Endangered African Penguin (for your valentine)

February 10, 2015

To commemorate Valentine’s Day this year, I thought it would be appropriate to post about the endangered African Penguin (Spheniscus demersus), or as I like to call them: lovebirds! These flightless birds, are as you may know, monogamous; with a startling 80-90% of couples remaining together for their entire lives! Can you imagine? That percentage is far higher than us homo sapiens!
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South African Penguins “Lovebirds”

A FEW FACTS ABOUT AFRICAN PENGUINS

The breeding season is mostly between the months of March and May, however, it seems you can find a few couples in some stage of the breeding cycle throughout the year. Apparently this is quite different from most other bird species.

These lovebirds begin mating around the age of four and usually results in the creation of two eggs, one for each parent (the perfect size family). During the incubation period, which usually lasts about 40 days, the pair takes equal turns caring for the eggs.

Their habitat ranges from Port Elizabeth, South Africa up the western coast of the country and into Namibia. However, due to habitat destruction, declining food sources, domestic pets/animals, and global warming their numbers are quickly dwindling. At the moment there are just a mere 18,683 breeding pairs left in the wild in South Africa, just a fraction of what it used to be.

Located very close to Simons Town, South Africa this particular colony of African penguins is situated on Boulders Beach and as a result they have been given the name: Boulders Penguin Colony

Boulder's Beach, South AfricaHOW YOU CAN HELP

While I was in South Africa, I came across an amazing organisation, SANCCOB, working very hard to protect African penguins and other seabirds in the region. At the moment, and in honour of Valentine’s Day, they are offering a very special way to help an endangered species while at the same time providing one of the most unique gifts to your special someone.

For 500 Rand (South African Currency) or $42.27 USD, you can adopt two African penguins for the price you would normally pay for just one.

Better yet, you will get to name the penguins (perhaps, after your partner and yourself ;o) and you’ll receive a photograph of the penguins that have been meticulously cared for before they release them back into the wild South African landscape.

Here are two links for more information. The first is their home page and the second will take you directly to the adoption page:

1) http://www.sanccob.co.za/?view=featured

2) Valentine’s 2 for 1 Special – Adopt an African Penguin:

http://www.sanccob.co.za/you-can-help/adopt-a-penguin/adopt-a-penguin-detail

DID YOU KNOW?

Americans spend roughly 20 billion dollars on Valentine’s Day each year?! Why not spend on something charitable this year?Stony Point, Betty's Bay - South Africa

Juvenile Male Penguins at Betty’s Bay, South Africa

To learn more about how to visit the African penguins for your next trip to South Africa, check out:

http://www.sanparks.org/parks/table_mountain/tourism/attractions.php

And of course, HAPPY VALENTINES DAY TO ALL THE LOVEBIRDS OUT THERE!

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