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 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.”
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.