When it was first invented, photography was derided by those not immediately seduced by the clarity and realism of its images. Some indigenous cultures refuse to be photographed because they believe that pictures appropriate and capture their subjects, imprisoning parts of their souls.
But part of the desire to capture can be the intent to preserve. Such is the case for environmental photographer Daniel Beltra, who will display and discuss his work, which spans the tropics to the Gulf oil spill to the Arctic, at Hotel 43 today at 7 p.m.
Beltra is the 2011 Wildlife Photographer of the Year and has been churning out award-winning photographs on nature and the environment since 2006. Tickets are $15.