Arianne Clemént

Photography has been a passion of mine since witnessing the magic of a dark room while studying film in college. I then enrolled at the University of Quebec in Montreal to attain a Bachelor Degree of Fine Arts focusing on photography and video. I created numerous photo essays and exhibitions and also worked as a photojournalist for the university’s newspaper.

My interest in photojournalism opened the door to written journalism; after achieving my Bachelor’s Degree in Montreal I traveled to the Arctic and lived in Iqaluit, Nunavut.
I approached the French newspaper Le Nunavoix and the magazine Le Toit du Monde, hoping to contribute as a freelance photographer, and ended up being a writer as well as a photographer for both publications, covering the Inuit people, their stories, culture, social issues as well as a wide range of other circumpolar issues.
After my time in the North, I traveled around the world and created a number of photo essays, while studying the Italian, Spanish and English languages.

I am currently taking a Master´s degree in International Photojournalism and Documentary Photography with the London College of Communications, which allows me to travel while studying. I am now resettling in the breathtaking Colombian Amazons where I plan on staying for some time until a new wind takes me away.

Hirofumi Shigematsu

Graphic Design has always been a passion in my life; I had the opportunity to study at the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University in Bogotá, Colombia. I have also worked and designed for Media Agencies, Advertising and Branding.

After finishing my studies I worked for Leo Burnett, Telefonica, designs and advertising for Columbia Tri Star Films, Buenavista International, Guardian Media, Pais Libre, United Nations UNODC, Mercedes Benz, Jeep, Chrysler, Freightliner, Van Camps, etc.

After all this experience, I discovered in Australia my passion for nature while visiting some National Parks. Watching the animals, flora and biodiversity in this region of the world changed my mind, and I dreamed of creating a place to save animals. So, in 2006 I travelled to the Amazon Forest in Brazil, Colombia and Perú. At the beginning it was very hard to settle down and adapt to a different place, culture and climate.

After all these years I have now created my own NGO and joined a group of people to start a Forest Reserve, commenced Eco Tourism in the area, run photography workshops, and also initiated action in wildlife conservation and reforestation. This includes saving and rehabilitating animals that are in danger of extinction, releasing them and with some luck seeing them free and wild again in the jungle.