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In Summer 2008 I joined a conservation project in the Peruvian Amazon. I was based in the Manu Biosphere Reserve, said to be one of the most bio-diverse places on the planet. It was.

Strangely, for me, the jungle wasn’t the best bit of the jungle. I loved the people who lived there. Whilst I helped them to reforest instead of deforest, they taught me how big life can be even with very little.

On my last day I scaled a waterfall, avoiding bullet ants, poisonous spiders and deadly snakes, to visit a natural oil spring. Daniel, our jungle guide, told me that in 50 years’ time an oil company would be drilling where I stood, exploiting both the oil and the people who live there. Afterwards I travelled up the Madre De Dios river to the Shintuya community. There I saw a hand painted Makaw on the side of a Peki-Peki boat. It was one of the most beautiful things I’d ever seen.

In that moment I realised that there are all kinds of marks we can make on the world, and I knew there and then I wanted to leave a brightly coloured one.


About the Author

susan anderson
tiny Edinburgh, Scotland
Susan grew up in the working class north of England. She now lives in Edinburgh, Scotland where she is still growing.

Publish Date  September 16, 2008

Dimensions  Large Format Landscape  320 pgs Standard Paper

Category  Arts & Photography

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