Fashion photographer Colin Dodgson explores conservation in Belize

This beautiful new book is raising funds for the World Land Trust

Deeper Green by Colin Dodgson documents the landscapes and communities of Belize
Deeper Green by Colin Dodgson documents the landscapes and communities of Belize

Colin Dodgson has shot advertising campaigns for Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Vivienne Westwood and Simone Rocha, but a recent project drew the American photographer out of the realms of fashion and into the jungles of Belize. Over a 10-day trip last December, Dodgson traversed the Central American country’s roads and rivers, taking in ancient ruins and isolated communities, and documenting what he saw on film as he shadowed a group of local rangers. 

The photographer’s feet with a trail of paw prints in the sand
The photographer’s feet with a trail of paw prints in the sand | Image: Colin Dodgson
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The project is a collaboration with the World Land Trust, working alongside Programme for Belize and the Corozal Sustainable Future Initiative, and the result of the collaboration is Deeper Green, a photography book that launches this week (£45). “I wanted to be overwhelmed by the experience,” says Dodgson, who is represented by Art Partner, “and I strived to make work that showed how I was feeling as well as what I was seeing. We had such an amazing time, surrounded by amazing wildlife, so the work feels like a celebration.” 

A toucan in the jungle – 100 per cent of the book’s profits go to the World Land Trust
A toucan in the jungle – 100 per cent of the book’s profits go to the World Land Trust | Image: Colin Dodgson
“I strived to make work that showed how I was feeling as well as what I was seeing,” says Dodgson
“I strived to make work that showed how I was feeling as well as what I was seeing,” says Dodgson | Image: Colin Dodgson

Bathed in the warm, soft light of a Belizian December, Dodgson’s images illustrate the interaction between people and nature. One shows the photographer’s trainer-clad feet standing on the sand with a track of paw prints cutting in front of him – a literal crossing of paths. Another captures a toucan perched on a branch, with one beady eye trained on the camera. All are tender and thought-provoking, with 100 per cent of profits going to the WLT to help protect and preserve endangered animal habitats around the world.

The photographs are intended to illustrate the interaction between people and nature
The photographs are intended to illustrate the interaction between people and nature | Image: Colin Dodgson
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