OUR PLACE World Heritage has been photographically documenting the world’s heritage in partnership with UNESCO for over 8 years. We started with no sites photographed and no images archived. Our Place was unknown and unproven.
Since then we have photographically captured over 360 global World Heritage sites and have more than 45,000 images archived. Our images are used in numerous UNESCO and educational publications; seen in exhibitions and displays worldwide and our web site is now generating more than 1.25 Million page views a year.
We have always strived to do photographic justice to the sites we document and our photographers willingly face the challenge of capturing great images of the location in the often short time that they are on site. This is particularly true when they are “on the road” and undertaking a number of different assignments on a tight schedule. Weather is a constant concern and even site repairs and restorations can reduce the opportunities for a comprehensive and memorable documentation.
Our Place has fortunately been in the position to commission photographers to specially visit sites on our behalf, but with tightening budget constraints we are now grateful to a growing number of professional photographers who, having visited and photographed a World Heritage site, are willing to allow Our Place to add a selection of their images to our archives on a non exclusive basis. This is practically valuable when “local” photographers can capture the special ambience of a site which they can easily visit when the light and conditions are ideal. Some photographers even chose to make a special site visit as they can often get privileged access when associated with Our Place.
This month we are presenting images of three World Heritage sites photographed by two Italian photographers who specialise in nature and wildlife conservation imagery. Roberto Isotto and Alberto Cambone have made a valuable contribution to our WH photo documentation mission and we invite others to follow their example and contribute selections to the OP archive. A link to their “Homo Ambiens” professional web site can be found on the “Our Team” page of the www.ourplaceworldheritage.com site.
Communication of the World Heritage story is important if these sites are to be protected and preserved for future generations, and photography, with its proven ability to reach audiences across most language and cultural boundaries, is an ideal medium for telling that story. There are now 981 sites on the UNESCO World Heritage list and realistically it will be difficult for Our Place to send specialist photographers to document all of them.
We appreciate all the help we can get for furthering our mission from photographers who get to places that so far we haven’t managed to visit. Working together we can help promote and celebrate “our place on our planet”.
Founder and CEO