My old friend Michael Mainelli at Z/Yen Research in London asked me to contribute a webinar on the Extinction project for his Financial Services Club series of free webinars. I presented the work to the Association for Historical and Fine Art Photography’s annual conference in November 2019 so I took that presentation and brought it up to date. I added material on how I started and photographed the project, the history and importance of specimen collections, conservation work at The Field Museum in Chicago and I place the work in the current pandemic context. Because it’s clear to me that the key lesson from this pandemic is: do not mess with Mother Nature! Which, in one phrase, is precisely what this project and this website are about.
I had been thinking for a while about doing a podcast or online video of me talking about the project so that I have a definitive statement about the work online. This works really well like that and the questions afterwards from the audience add another level of information.
3:49 – start of my talking head after an introduction from Michael and an audience quiz on the current extinction rate
20:25 – audience questions for about 20 minutes