A photography exhibition featuring images of the Great Plains presents breathtaking landscapes and close encounters with wild creatures. But the show offers more than a collection of beautiful pictures. It raises essential questions of how we will preserve what remains of our Great Plains natural heritage.
The exhibition, titled Great Plains: America’s Lingering Wild, features color photography by Nebraska based artist, Michael Forsberg.
Forsberg is a conservation photographer, author and educator who has focused much of his work on North America’s Great Plains. Forsberg’s goal is to capture the wild spirit that still survives in these wide open spaces and put a face to the often overlooked native creatures and landscapes found there. His hope is that his images will build appreciation and inspire conservation efforts on the land far into the future.
“Photography can be a powerful witness to our short-comings, but also to show that beauty and hope still exists in the natural world. It can help communicate to people why something matters. Conservation photography is an active and powerful tool to begin this process, to start the conversation, to call for action. Time is short.” Forsberg states.
Michael Forsberg’s workwill be on display from August 1, 2014 through September 26, 2014. The Box Gallery is located in the Commerce Bank Building at 1000 Walnut Street, Kansas City, MO 64106. Hours are Monday-Friday from 8am to 8pm. Admission is free and open to the public.
An artist reception event will be held on First Friday, August1st from 11:30am-1:00pm. The event is free, open to the public.
About Michael Forsberg
Forsberg’s work has appeared in publications including Audubon, National Geographic, National Wildlife, and Natural History, and recognized in the Pictures of the Year and Wildlife Photographer of the Year competitions. In 2004, he was awarded a Conservation Education Award from The Wildlife Society.
Currently, Mike serves as faculty at the University of Nebraska’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources where he is co-founder and co-director of the Platte Basin Time Lapse Project. The project is a multi-year, community-building effort that uses time-lapse photography to set a watershed in motion from the Platte River’s headwaters in the Colorado Rockies to its confluence with the Missouri River along Nebraska’s eastern border.