It seems reasonable to believe, that the more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for the destruction of our race. RACHEL CARSON
Iam an photographer, an organizer, and someone who loves to travel. In the last few years I have become an ardent environmentalist. However, it can be very discouraging to be passionate about something that few people seem to notice. So I am here to write and show images that express the things I care about in the hope that I can inspire and encourage others to care as well.
I have had a wide range of diverse jobs through the years, ranging from planting trees to website development to home renovations. When I joined the business world however, I found I had a natural ability for organization and project management. Now I use those superpowers to help people reclaim their lives by reducing the amount of extraneous items they are dealing with. From closets full of clothes that are seldom worn, to smart cameras bursting with unseen images, I coach people on finding a simpler life, where experiences matter more than things and memories are preserved and celebrated. Of course, the environmentalist in me wants to reduce the amount of stuff heading to land fills, so I ensure that as many things as possible are recycled and are given a new life. What is old can be new again.
My creative passion is Photography. I see it as a wonderful mix of logic, science and art. I have shot for mainstream companies and organizations and have been featured in magazines and books. But the craft is always developing. As we change our priorities change. I am keen to promote those who are making strides to protect our environment with new designs and building technologies, as well as artisans who recycle or use materials that are gentle on the planet. We have been conditioned to shop to support the economy but what good is a strong economy when we don’t have a planet that supports us, when our water, air and earth are poisoned. I believe we need to change our ways. We need to work toward new systems that work with nature, not against her. Through my images, I want to remind people how beautiful and important nature is. Almost all the images on this site were shot by me. To see my full portfolio go to LeniJ Photo. Images are available for purchase and digital download.
I have been blessed to have the Canadian experience of a cottage outside of the urban centres. Living in the country has awakened in me an awareness of nature but also how much energy and resources it takes to build and run a house. When you are away from the machinations of the city, life is simpler. You need less so you use less. You are with the elements every day and you come to respect them more. The planet is hurting and we are moving too slow to fix the problems we created. The environmental issues we face are not new, people have been raising red flags since the 60s. And yet, here we are, still.
What we choose not to buy, what we choose to eat, where we live and how we live, I believe, I have to believe, can solve the problems we currently face. I hope to share the information I find and encourage new awareness. With our actions, we can save the planet.