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salvarezphoto 36,000 years ago someone painted the amazing art that is in Chauvet Cave, France.
36 millennia is an incomprehensible amount of time. Yet not only have the paintings been preserved they are still a moving testament to the lives and ideas of the painters. That art's ability to communicate survives that gulf of time is an inspiration to me as a photographer. Of all the incredible things I have been able to do in my career as a National Geographic Photographer shooting the paintings in Chauvet was the most incredible. Its no wonder to me that Chauvet was listed as a world heritage site this year.
Origins of Art is in the January @natgeo magazine, online now.
#art #cave #chauvet
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salvarezphoto image by @salvarezphoto | story by @neilshea13 — We called them Muppets, when we saw them, which wasn’t often. Usually in the late afternoon we’d head out in search of them, leaving the forest for the labyrinth of limestone, climbing ladders and crossing splintered bridges that swung between flutes of sharp rock. The Decken’s sifaka prefers dry heights to damp understory and we knew why. Down below, where we camped in the trees, everything stung or stuck or sucked. Higher up, pleasant breezes blew the mosquitoes away and the steep pinnacles shed water quickly, kept things desert-dry. There was danger on the rock—impalement, evisceration—but these lemurs had accepted the risk generations ago and were now genetically prepared: leather palms, thickly-callused feet, well-balanced tails. Here in the curl of her hand you see she understands stone differently, softly. Neighborly. One day Steve and I stood watching the Muppet show for hours. They flung themselves through the maze, leaping and landing, over and over, whistling past blades and fins. After each acrobatic trick they paused and stared back at us, as though in pity. In their playground we were losers, barely able to make it through a day without rip or trip. By dusk a few animals still moved through the rock, white tails streaming, but most had settled into family troops and were grooming each other with long fingers. Light was falling and with it went distance. The lemurs, across a chasm, seemed closer than ever. Now and then a young one turned, looked us over with big orange eyes. I closed my notebook. Steve switched off his cameras. He said “I think this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to an imaginary creature,” and I thought me, too. 1d

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salvarezphoto #Paris day to night. I shot these images years ago on a distant assignment and it wasn't until I had a conversation with the @natgeocreative fine art direct this week that it occurred to me they could be stitched as a day to night panorama. New life for old photos. @thephotosociety #day2night 2d

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salvarezphoto Chobe National Park, Botswana with an #elephant and the #lumia735 video here http://youtu.be/ypE-JoDzqaQ @natgeocreative 3d

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salvarezphoto Stephen Alvarez (@salvarezphoto) photographing inside las Chimeneas cave, Spain on assignment for @NatGeo for an upcoming story on the Origins of Art. These reindeer are 14,000 year old charcoal drawings but they look like they were drawn yesterday. The art that I was able to photograph for this story is both so old and at the same time so completely modern that it boggles my mind. We have been people –in the sense of how are brains are wired- a lot longer than most of us realize.
Thanks to Robbie Shone (@shonephoto) for his assistance on the European legs of this assignment.
#art #cave @thephotosociety @natgeocreative
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salvarezphoto David Situtu looks over the edge of Victoria Falls
For many the highlight of a journey to Victoria Falls is a trip to the Devil’s Pool. David is a long time guide on Livingston Island and takes people to the the swimming hole that sits on the edge of the largest waterfall in the world. It is one of the most spectacular places I have ever swum.
#lumia830 @thephotosociety @natgeocreative
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salvarezphoto Felix Liyali runs across Livingston Island Zambia to catch up with his clients who are headed to Devil's Pool. Devil’s Pool sits on the edge of the 80+ meter drop of Victoria Falls. Swimming there is the highlight of many people’s journey to the largest waterfall in the world and it is certainly the most dramatic place I have ever swum.
This past fall I spent 10 tracing the course of the Zambezi river to Victoria falls shooting with Lumia smartphones. See the whole project here
WWW.NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC.COM/MICROSOFT
#lumia830 #lumiaxnatgeo
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salvarezphoto Lion cubs play in a pre release program in Northern Zimbabwe
I have been shooting at Victoria Falls this past fall with #lumia smartphones The NG site is now live
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/microsoft
Take a look and see the whole trip from Botswana to Zimbabwe. Stunning what telephones will produce.
#lumia830 #lumiaxnatgeo
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salvarezphoto 130,000 years ago humanity’s first painters slept under a sky like this. The stretch of South African coast East of Cape Town contains the oldest evidence of Human artistic endeavor. While I was camped there photographing archeological digs for @natgeo last winter it struck me how little the sky has changed since those first artists looked up at them. Image from a story on the Origins of Art coming in the new year. @thephotosociety 1w

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salvarezphoto "It’s a long way away, even from Chattanooga, in the middle of woods, on top of a bastion of mountains crenellated with blue coves. It is so beautiful that people who have once been there always, one way or another, come back. For such as can detect apple green in an evening sky, it is Arcadia—not the one that never used to be, but the one that many people always live in; only this one can be shared." William Alexander Percy #Sewanee #home 1w

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salvarezphoto A wild leopard in Chobe National Park, Botswana. It's astounding to be so close to a wild predator like this one. So sleek so beautiful. #lumia930 #windowsphone @natgeocreative 1w

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salvarezphoto regram @robertclarkphoto
I'm currently working on a book about the Physical Evidence of Evolution, Volume 1. With this image I'm starting a print sale of signed, limited-edition prints that are being produce to help fund the project, as well as contributing toward the Science Department at Brooklyn's PS-84 and the @amnh (American Museum of Natural History). Head to http://www.clarkphotosales.com/
or go to the link in my personal bio in order to buy prints.

An Afghan Hound runs across a photo studio during a portrait session at the Westminster Dog Show. The Afghan, which is my favorite dog to photograph, got so excited after this image was taken that he ran out of the studio and into an adjoining ballroom. The aesthetics of the Afghan, as well as all other breeds of domestic dog, is an example of #selectivebreeding, a technique in which particular traits are bred for in a species. This is a good illustration of how #naturalselection occurs in the wild.

I have had the good fortune to working on many amazing stories for the Geographic. The most interesting for me have been the stories dealing with #Darwin & #AlfredRusselWallace, the two fathers of the Theory of #Evolution.
#afghans #Westminster

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salvarezphoto A habituated lion in Zambia. I shot this frame during a photography class that I taught at Victoria Falls earlier thus fall. Lions are such powerful animals, its both scary and wonderful to be this close to one. @thephotosociety 2w

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salvarezphoto Sylvester the cheetah heads home after stalking through the bush at Elephant Camp, Zimbabwe. #blackandwhite #lumia830 #microsoft @thephotosociety @natgeocreative 2w

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salvarezphoto When on @natgeo I said I got to hang out with a cheetah I really wasn't kidding. Sylvester is a wonderful and curious animal. He licked my head, pawed through camera bags, swatted me away when he grew bored with me. It was a privilege to spend an afternoon with him as he stalked through the grasslands surrounding Elephant Camp, Zimbabwe @natgeocreative #lumia735 #lumiaselfie 2w

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salvarezphoto A throwback to my first work in Africa over a decade ago. Katherine Kiko was 30 years old when I photographed in Mongula Refugee Camp, Uganda.
She was a Sudanese refugee from Kajo Kaji. Her father died, leaving her to care for the 5 orphans that he was looking after in a camp with scarce resources. The hardship has clearly let a mark on her. #muchlatergram #africa @thephotosociety
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salvarezphoto Earlier this year I spent 10 days tracing the course of the Zambezi River to Victoria Falls shooting only with Microsoft Lumia Smartphones. It was an amazing trip covering 3 countries. #lumia830 #windowsphone @natgeocreative @thephotosociety 2w

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salvarezphoto Sarah Night, an orphan at Amazing Grace Orphanage in Adjumani, Uganda. Sarah was a Sudanese war orphan that I interviewed over a decade ago, she was also the first person that I ever made cry in an interview. Not my finest moment as a journalist or a human being…
#latergram #africa #orphan
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salvarezphoto cold and rain begin to set in across the country my thoughts are drawn back to warm days and tender moments in Rio last January. #rio #beach @thephotosociety 3w
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salvarezphoto Sunset at Morgan Steep with @the_future_greg Gorgeous day on the Cumberland Plateau 3w

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