Madagascar - the biodiverse island that time forgot.
The disappearing life of Madagascar as photographed by Elwin - 13 years old.
Elwin Clark Schäring is not your normal 13 year old teen, but an intrepid bilingual world travelling photographer.
Son of kiwi Dad and environmental artist and researcher Jeanette Schäring , the apple has not landed far from the proverial tree.
Elwin’s mother renowned Swedish artist will be exhibtiing ‘Whose water are you? ’a ground breaking environmental Art installtion in the Tauranga Art Gallery – toi this year as part of their Art Loves You program. His dad Bruce has a background in science and is currently working to develop a community bike hub in the Mount Maunganui
Elwin is a driven environmentalist, photographer with a love of animals and music.
Blessed with a deep curiosity of life, he recently accompanied his parents on a 3 month adventure to the Republic of Madagascar as part of Jeanette’s artist in residency at the ‘Plants, Ecology and Colour’ conference.
Surviving with only rice to eat Elwin led the way walking for days on end with his parents in tow to visit extreme remote areas of the Island to photograph protected lemurs. Always talking and connecting with people, the researchers and rangers he met always showed great admiration for Elwin and his courage.
With the knowledge that the animals of Madagascar are disappearing rapidly, the young artist/environmentalist has a dream to return to make a documentary about this disappearing environment, consequently highlighting the plight of the rest of the world.
This exhibition is Elwin’s visual journal of his amazing trip and his response to the fragile eco-system in Madagascar. Elwin’s hope is that it will help bring people together, raise questions and increase awareness of the environmental problems that plague Madagascar from the perspective of a teenager.
The artist and the Incubator Creative Hub hope that schools will visit and parents will bring their children along to see this inspiring exhibition. On certain days visitors may even be lucky to hear Elwin performing on his saxophone.
The fourth-largest island in the world. Since the arrival of humans around 2,350 years ago, Madagascar has lost more than 90 percent of its original forest. It is anticipated that all the island's rainforests, excluding those in protected areas and the steepest eastern mountain slopes, will have been deforested by 2025.