Colin Dodgson’s photo book, created in collaboration with the World Land Trust, connects with the communities working to preserve the world’s most wild regions
In October of last year, Colin Dodgson ventured out to La Meseta Somuncurá and La Estancia la Esperanza—two remote regions of Argentina’s Patagonia, where the World Land Trust’s conservation efforts are underway. The photographer was accompanied by Jonny Lu, creative director and charity ambassador, together documenting the storied natural landscape and the ongoing work to protect it, driven by WLT partner organizations Fundación Somuncurá and Fundanción Patagonia Natural.
The journey manifested in 100% (Ciento por Ciento)—an 108-page, hardbound, carbon-printed photo book, launched on Earth Day at Young Space London. Dodgson’s images alternate between expansiveness and hand-to-hand intimacy: sweeping shots of Patagonia’s one-of-a-kind geography—its rocky mountains, its endless plains—next to encounters with those rare species acclimated to survive it—El Rincon stream frogs and Naked Characin fish. “Colin’s work goes beyond documenting the landscape, flora and fauna in the reserves,” says Lu. “Through his photographic approach and close contact in the field, he finds something both cerebral and human, nuanced with his unique use of color and composition.”
The book does more than posit beauty as the reason to protect a place. All of 100%’s profits go to the World Land Trust, in the name of preserving animal habitats across the globe—with each purchase serving half an acre of vulnerable ground. “Although the journey is focused around finding certain species,” Lu goes on, “the work evolves into something much broader as [Dodgson] connects with the people and communities working hard in the field to protect and preserve some of the world’s most remote wild places.”
100% (Ciento por Ciento) is available for purchase here. An exhibition of Dodgson’s work is on view at Young Space through May 6.