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jasperdoest

Jasper Doest Giving a voice to nonhuman lives while trying to bridge the gap between the natural world and ourselves. http://www.jasperdoest.com/helpbob
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Jasper Doest
I can’t believe this was already 10 years ago. Remember this morning @pancrasdijk & @madruud?

Dreaming of wild encounters again...have a nice weekend!

Photo @jasperdoest #onassignment @natgeo NL in @nationaalparkzuidkennemerland in 2009
39 1,980 4 days ago
I can’t believe this was already 10 years ago. remember this morning @pancrasdijk & @madruud?

dreaming of wild encounters again...have a nice weekend!

photo @jasperdoest #onassignment @natgeo nl in @nationaalparkzuidkennemerland in 2009
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Odette Doest, doctor in veterinary medicine, catches a green turtle from the saltwater pool in her backyard, on the island of Curaçao, to prepare for the animal's release. Odette runs a wildlife rehabilitation center (@fdoccuracao), and this particular animal had been brought to rehab three times by @seaturtleconservationcuracao, after swallowing fishhooks that needed to be removed from its mouth.

Green turtles are endangered and are an essential link in the marine ecosystem. We must work together to protect endangered and threatened species, right here and right now. 
In order to protect animals like these , we need to conserve 30% of the planet by 2030. #CampaignforNature
16 1,627 5 days ago
Odette doest, doctor in veterinary medicine, catches a green turtle from the saltwater pool in her backyard, on the island of curaçao, to prepare for the animal's release. odette runs a wildlife rehabilitation center (@fdoccuracao ), and this particular animal had been brought to rehab three times by @seaturtleconservationcuracao, after swallowing fishhooks that needed to be removed from its mouth.

green turtles are endangered and are an essential link in the marine ecosystem. we must work together to protect endangered and threatened species, right here and right now.
in order to protect animals like these , we need to conserve 30% of the planet by 2030. #campaignfornature
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The story of flamingo Bob wouldn’t be there without these wonderful pink colored birds. However, to me the story emphasizes empathy as the starting point for initiating positive change. This is why I’m really happy that the story is shortlisted for the @alfredfriedaward. Congratulations to all other shortlisted photographers including Dutchies @ilvynjio and @carlakogelman 👏👍 The Alfred Fried Photography Award recognizes and promotes photographers from all over the world whose pictures capture human efforts towards a peaceful world and the quest for beauty and goodness in our lives. Thanks to the judges for recognizing the work of @vetdoest and @fdoccuracao.

Bob is a Caribbean flamingo, from the  island of Curaçao. His life took a dramatic turn when he flew into a hotel window, leaving him severely concussed. He was cared for by Odette Doest @vetdoest , a local vet who also runs a wildlife rehabilitation centre and conservation charity – the Fundashon Dier en Onderwijs Cariben (FDOC). Existing disabilities meant Bob couldn’t be released, but instead he became ambassador @fdoccuracao, which educates locals about the importance of protecting the island’s wildlife.
26 2,275 6 days ago
The story of flamingo bob wouldn’t be there without these wonderful pink colored birds. however, to me the story emphasizes empathy as the starting point for initiating positive change. this is why i’m really happy that the story is shortlisted for the @alfredfriedaward. congratulations to all other shortlisted photographers including dutchies @ilvynjio and @carlakogelman 👏👍 the alfred fried photography award recognizes and promotes photographers from all over the world whose pictures capture human efforts towards a peaceful world and the quest for beauty and goodness in our lives. thanks to the judges for recognizing the work of @vetdoest and @fdoccuracao.

bob is a caribbean flamingo, from the island of curaçao. his life took a dramatic turn when he flew into a hotel window, leaving him severely concussed. he was cared for by odette doest @vetdoest , a local vet who also runs a wildlife rehabilitation centre and conservation charity – the fundashon dier en onderwijs cariben (fdoc). existing disabilities meant bob couldn’t be released, but instead he became ambassador @fdoccuracao, which educates locals about the importance of protecting the island’s wildlife.
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While visiting Flamingo Bob last time when I was in Curaçao, @vetdoest and I had x-rays taken of Bob to check out his arthritis. For educational purposes we also took one extra of its neck. 
Although their neck is really long, with 19 vertebrae flamingos actually have fewer neck vertebrae than many other long-necked birds. But having fewer vertebrae doesn’t necessarily mean that the neck is shorter; the bones themselves are longer. This shows as a series of angles (like a dot-to-dot puzzle) when the bird bends its neck, rather than as a continuous smooth curve.

This allows flamingos to bend their neck backwards or downwards to allow them to clean their feathers and search for food. Its neck is vital to the process of filtering food from water; a flamingo often needs to turn their head upside down in the process.
48 2,827 2 weeks ago
While visiting flamingo bob last time when i was in curaçao, @vetdoest and i had x-rays taken of bob to check out his arthritis. for educational purposes we also took one extra of its neck.
although their neck is really long, with 19 vertebrae flamingos actually have fewer neck vertebrae than many other long-necked birds. but having fewer vertebrae doesn’t necessarily mean that the neck is shorter; the bones themselves are longer. this shows as a series of angles (like a dot-to-dot puzzle) when the bird bends its neck, rather than as a continuous smooth curve.

this allows flamingos to bend their neck backwards or downwards to allow them to clean their feathers and search for food. its neck is vital to the process of filtering food from water; a flamingo often needs to turn their head upside down in the process.
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I was in Germany earlier this week to speak at the World Press Photo exhibition in Balingen and I noticed that many people think it is Flamingo Bob in this photograph.

This is not Bob! This Caribbean Flamingo was transported from @bonairewildbirdrehab in Bonaire to my cousin’s veterinary practice in Curaçao as it needed immediate medical care for its severe foot lesions.

@vetdoest treated the bird and made special socks to fit the birds feet to avoid too much stress on the healing wounds. 
After the recovery at @fdoccuracao, the bird was transported back to Bonaire where it occasionally visits the rehabilitation center there. And guess what, he’s pink now! 
The image that was awarded in World Press is part of the print collection we’re currently selling to raise funds for flamingo conservation and wildlife education in the Caribbean. In case you’d like to order a print and support this cause, please follow the link in bio.

Video: @studioschrikdraad
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I was in germany earlier this week to speak at the world press photo exhibition in balingen and i noticed that many people think it is flamingo bob in this photograph.

this is not bob! this caribbean flamingo was transported from @bonairewildbirdrehab in bonaire to my cousin’s veterinary practice in curaçao as it needed immediate medical care for its severe foot lesions.

@vetdoest treated the bird and made special socks to fit the birds feet to avoid too much stress on the healing wounds.
after the recovery at @fdoccuracao, the bird was transported back to bonaire where it occasionally visits the rehabilitation center there. and guess what, he’s pink now!
the image that was awarded in world press is part of the print collection we’re currently selling to raise funds for flamingo conservation and wildlife education in the caribbean. in case you’d like to order a print and support this cause, please follow the link in bio.

video: @studioschrikdraad
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Over the past months I have received an incredible amount of people contacting me about ‘Meet Bob’ and I received many questions about where to acquire prints and how to help the great work that @fdoccuracao is doing in the Caribbean.

I am excited to announce that from today we will be selling a selection of photograph that will support this cause.

So if you’re interested in ordering one of these images, please visit the temporary website (link in Bio) or send an email to prints@jasperdoest.com so that we can help animals in need and education future generations about the natural world. On behalf of Flamingo Bob and his friends, many thanks ahead!
81 5,751 3 weeks ago
Over the past months i have received an incredible amount of people contacting me about ‘meet bob’ and i received many questions about where to acquire prints and how to help the great work that @fdoccuracao is doing in the caribbean.

i am excited to announce that from today we will be selling a selection of photograph that will support this cause.

so if you’re interested in ordering one of these images, please visit the temporary website (link in bio) or send an email to prints@jasperdoest.com so that we can help animals in need and education future generations about the natural world. on behalf of flamingo bob and his friends, many thanks ahead!
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*PRINTS AVAILABLE SOON*

I’m very happy to announce that soon I will start selling fine-art prints of my series ‘Meet Bob’, through which you’re able to support the school education program of Fundashon Dier & Onderwijs Cariben. Stay tuned! Enjoy your weekend :-)
30 1,542 3 weeks ago
*prints available soon*

i’m very happy to announce that soon i will start selling fine-art prints of my series ‘meet bob’, through which you’re able to support the school education program of fundashon dier & onderwijs cariben. stay tuned! enjoy your weekend :-)
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I can’t believe as of today, 5 years have past since I wandered on these wastelands to document these white storks -often regarded as symbol of new life and fertility- foraging on the excretions of our human society. They survived near-extinction only decades ago and here they are now.

It was sobering to think of the symbol of new life carving a home in human waste. It is clear that the European stork population has thrived as a result of this continuous food source. These birds have become largely depended on food leftovers in our municipal waste, even changing their migratory paths.

With the new European Union legislations on waste management, a lot of these open landfills would disappear. A great development. But on its own only a short-term solution. We need to start making efforts on a different level within the chain. Recycling at the end of the chain is not solving the problem as long as we're still overproducing. 
And what about the storks? They became addicted to junkfood. Where will they go? What will happen is still unclear. We've created a mess...it's time to start thing about long-term solutions and clean up while we still can. Five years have passed now, it’s time for some serious changes people!

#planetorplastic #bethechange #beonewithnature
19 2,026 3 weeks ago
I can’t believe as of today, 5 years have past since i wandered on these wastelands to document these white storks -often regarded as symbol of new life and fertility- foraging on the excretions of our human society. they survived near-extinction only decades ago and here they are now.

it was sobering to think of the symbol of new life carving a home in human waste. it is clear that the european stork population has thrived as a result of this continuous food source. these birds have become largely depended on food leftovers in our municipal waste, even changing their migratory paths.

with the new european union legislations on waste management, a lot of these open landfills would disappear. a great development. but on its own only a short-term solution. we need to start making efforts on a different level within the chain. recycling at the end of the chain is not solving the problem as long as we're still overproducing.
and what about the storks? they became addicted to junkfood. where will they go? what will happen is still unclear. we've created a mess...it's time to start thing about long-term solutions and clean up while we still can. five years have passed now, it’s time for some serious changes people!

#planetorplastic #bethechange #beonewithnature
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Gannet pairs are monogamous and may remain together over several seasons, if not for all of their lives and knowing this makes it easy to anthropomorphize this situation. However, I love doing these intimate portraiture where I try to capture what I feel, rather than what I know or see. John Meyeriwitz once said; “You fill up the frame with feelings, energy, discovery and risk, and leave room enough for someone else to get in there.”
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Gannet pairs are monogamous and may remain together over several seasons, if not for all of their lives and knowing this makes it easy to anthropomorphize this situation. however, i love doing these intimate portraiture where i try to capture what i feel, rather than what i know or see. john meyeriwitz once said; “you fill up the frame with feelings, energy, discovery and risk, and leave room enough for someone else to get in there.”
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Gannets conduct a distinctive courtship display. The two birds bow, point their heads skywards and preen each other to strengthen their bond. They usually form lifelong pairs and begin breeding at four or five years of age.
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Gannets conduct a distinctive courtship display. the two birds bow, point their heads skywards and preen each other to strengthen their bond. they usually form lifelong pairs and begin breeding at four or five years of age.
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I often receive questions about the time I spend in the field, sweating on the arrival of the right moment. Most people assume that I must have an incredible amount of patience, but I don’t think patience is the right word. Time spent in anticipation is often productive...and has nothing to do with killing time as it is part of learning to understand the appreciation of what is in front of you. 
That can be a time consuming process, which takes more than just taking my camera and shoot the scenes as they come. That approach would often results in pictures are messy, with too many distracting details, too many elements. It was with these gannets that I realized that the colony itself and the chaotic atmosphere were not hurdles to overcome, but were instead the key elements of the life within the colony that I wanted to capture. I introduced an artificial light source to highlight the dynamics of one part of the colony, and my images came alive. I had my recipe; I only needed time for its flavors to permeate and evolve.
49 2,413 4 weeks ago
I often receive questions about the time i spend in the field, sweating on the arrival of the right moment. most people assume that i must have an incredible amount of patience, but i don’t think patience is the right word. time spent in anticipation is often productive...and has nothing to do with killing time as it is part of learning to understand the appreciation of what is in front of you.
that can be a time consuming process, which takes more than just taking my camera and shoot the scenes as they come. that approach would often results in pictures are messy, with too many distracting details, too many elements. it was with these gannets that i realized that the colony itself and the chaotic atmosphere were not hurdles to overcome, but were instead the key elements of the life within the colony that i wanted to capture. i introduced an artificial light source to highlight the dynamics of one part of the colony, and my images came alive. i had my recipe; i only needed time for its flavors to permeate and evolve.
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I reached a turning point some years ago, when a friend of mine, the photographer Bart Breet, asked if I would like to join him to take pictures of gannets, the large sea-birds that inhabit massive colonies along the Atlantic coast. An amazing experience!

But when I came home, I discovered that my photographs showed none of that atmosphere. They were technically well-executed, but looked to me like meaningless, two-dimensional portraits.  In my pursuit of the perfect image, I had failed to think about the idea I wanted to communicate as distinct from the moment I was capturing.

So I had to return to try and capture what it is like to be surrounded by these magificent birds, nesting side by side on these rocky cliffs.

Once again, I submerged myself amidst the nesting gannets. At first they seemed surprised by their intruder and acted a little wary. But, as I avoided eye contact, moved with caution, and spoke softly to them, they came to accept me. The intruder became a guest. Soon they didn’t pay attention to me at all, too busy arguing with their neighbors.
28 2,304 4 weeks ago
I reached a turning point some years ago, when a friend of mine, the photographer bart breet, asked if i would like to join him to take pictures of gannets, the large sea-birds that inhabit massive colonies along the atlantic coast. an amazing experience!

but when i came home, i discovered that my photographs showed none of that atmosphere. they were technically well-executed, but looked to me like meaningless, two-dimensional portraits. in my pursuit of the perfect image, i had failed to think about the idea i wanted to communicate as distinct from the moment i was capturing.

so i had to return to try and capture what it is like to be surrounded by these magificent birds, nesting side by side on these rocky cliffs.

once again, i submerged myself amidst the nesting gannets. at first they seemed surprised by their intruder and acted a little wary. but, as i avoided eye contact, moved with caution, and spoke softly to them, they came to accept me. the intruder became a guest. soon they didn’t pay attention to me at all, too busy arguing with their neighbors.