About the LIFE Project
Frans Lanting’s LIFE: A Journey Through Time is a lyrical interpretation of life on Earth from its earliest beginnings to its present diversity. The LIFE Project aims to bridge the gap between nature and science, and is realized through the integration of photography with the performing arts and the world of life and earth sciences, in collaboration with partners and institutions around the world.
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“In 1999 when photographing the timeless ritual of horseshoe crabs spawning in the shallow waters of Delaware Bay, I realized that these ancient creatures offer a window into the past. I decided to explore the planet for examples of how time tempers the shape of life on Earth and how the Earth is in turn changed by the life it harbors. LIFE is a vision of the past, a celebration of the present, and a call to action to make sure there’s a future for all of us.” —Frans Lanting
Frans Lanting has been hailed as one of the great nature photographers of our time. His influential work appears in books, magazines, and exhibitions around the world. For more than two decades he has documented wildlife from the Amazon to Antarctica to promote understanding about the Earth and its natural history through images that convey a passion for nature and a sense of wonder about our living planet.
Christine Eckstrom is a writer, videographer, and producer. She is the author of Forgotten Edens, and is a contributing author of numerous books published by National Geographic, where she worked as a staff writer for 15 years. Assignments have taken her to wild places on all seven continents, and for the past two decades she has worked with her husband and partner, Frans Lanting, on fieldwork from the Amazon to Mongolia. She collaborated with Lanting, to write and edit LIFE: A Journey Through Time (2006), and to realize LIFE as an interactive website, a traveling exhibition, and a multimedia orchestral performance with music by Philip Glass. She has also teamed up with Lanting to write and edit natural history and photography books, including Jungles (2001), Penguin (1999), Eye to Eye (1997) and Okavango: Africa’s Last Eden (1993). Her National Geographic Traveler story, “The Last Real Africa,” won a 2007 Lowell Thomas Award for Best Magazine Article on Foreign Travel. As a videographer Eckstrom documents the field assignments she produces with Frans Lanting. She has filmed and produced pieces for the National Geographic Channel and NGM.com on cloud goats in India, elephants of the Western Ghats, Hawaii’s volcanoes, wildlife in Zambia, albatrosses in the Southern Ocean, and chimpanzees in West Africa. Her coverage of chimpanzees was also featured in the 2008 NOVA-National Geographic television special “Ape Genius.”