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"Protect Our Planet"

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visionary photographer utilizing camera to spotlight endangered species and ignite change

Kristian Schimdt

Photographer - Director
CAREER:

PHOTOGRAPHIC SUBMERSION BY KRISTIAN SCHIMDT

Traveling the world and revealing, among other things, wildlife behind his objective, he sets out on explorative fashion shoots in which the world of beauty models blend in perfectly with that of wild animals.

Kristian Schmidt explains his approach with modesty: “Looking at a photo of a wild animal is something easily transmissible because so few of us have had the chance to travel the country and see with their own eyes. But as soon as you add a person to the final rendering, you take immediate account on the size, feel and what it would mean to be truly face to face with these amazing creatures.”

The intensity of the relationship between humans and animals reveals a genuine force that attributes to this amazing artist a technique of which only he holds the secret to.

NATIONALITY:
USA

Kristian Schimdt on the philosophy of 3777

As a photographer, I am deeply influenced by the philosophy of 3777 and the power of now, which imbue my art with a sense of immediacy and authenticity, granting me the courage to venture into wild and unconventional locations for filming, allowing me to capture raw and captivating moments with a fearless spirit.

This philosophy empowers me to immerse myself fully in the present moment, enabling me to capture the essence of my subjects with clarity and depth, seeking to share this profound connection to the present moment through my photography, inviting viewers to experience the beauty and wonder of the world as it unfolds before them.

The GALLERY

Whale Shark Series

Kristian Schmidt embodied the spirit of 3777 by capturing an image of free diver and a whale shark. photographer Kristian Schmidt embodied the spirit of 3777 by capturing an image of free diver and a whale shark.

In late 2012 , Kristian Schmidt produced incredible underwater photographs of models swimming with whale sharks. The photographer explains how he came up with the idea for this exceptional and unusual project: “I was invited to a photo safari with Richard Branson, Virgin Unite and Wildaid Isla Mujeres (Mexico) where 600 whale sharks come to eat every July. It was amazing. So much so that I eventually tried to find a way to make a fashion shoot with whale sharks. ”

His meeting with Shawn Heinrichs, a photographer and diver of genius calibre, led him to this opportunity. Heinrichs told him of a place in the Philippines where the whale sharks are hand-fed by local fishermen. The perfect place was found, and a briliant project idea became one step closer to being realized. Schmidt then had scope out models that were able to achieve the performance they desired. It was up to Kristian Schmidt to highlight the quality of their work: “Hannah Fraser stood out as the obvious: this is the the person most comfortable in the water that I know of. (…) Then there was also Roberta Mancino, who brought fame to the shoot through her name and was simply outstanding.”

The New York photographer was then thrown into the water and alongside these huge selachians: “This is the most surreal experience there is. It’s like being in space.” The approach of the largest fish of the oceans is made with all the sweetness and pacifism that characterizes it. The result: a true aquatic ballet which took place between the models and the sharks.

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