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Arts to Zion



Zion peaks at sunset (Click on image for info on Zion National Park)


Seeing the world through a camera has long been a personally fullfiling activity as well as professional necessity. As an academic geographer I found that photography linked to GIS tools (Geographical Inforation Systems) were great teaching and research aides for better understanding and interpreting the earth and its peoples--see some Virtual Tours in support of my GeoSystems casebook. This was also the case for my years of Mesoamerican Research as well as more recent work in Central Africa and the UAE/Abu Dhabi.

Good photos and maps or satellite images were frequently the best way to study, describe, communicate about, promote positive change, and monitor the impacts, and results of the projects I worked on covering issues such as global sustainability, human health and well-being, biodiversity conservation, and related socieconomic prosperity. I have also recently discovered blogging--for better expression in long-format writing (with photos) my thoughts, feelings, and personal experience--see MY BLOG.

The National Geographic Society's Center for Sustainable Destinations defines it as:

...tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place—its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents.

Geotourism incorporates the concept of sustainable tourism—that destinations should remain unspoiled for future generations—while allowing for ways to protect a place's character. Geotourism also takes a principle from its ecotourism cousin—that tourism revenue should promote conservation—and extends it to culture and history as well, that is, all distinctive assets of a place > MORE HERE or see VIDEO...

Supporting the implementation of this philosophy is at the core of my professsional and volunteer photographic work. See also "voluntourism" > Learn More HERE.