The Amazon Beyond the Rainforest


Natutama means "The world under water" in Ticuna, a language spoken by approximately 40,000 people in Brazil, Peru and Colombia. This project documents my 2,500-mile journey by riverboat down the length of the Amazon River and its tributaries to capture the life of the people who live on its shores.

I wanted to show a different Amazon than most people imagine, specifically the human element. Many picture the Amazon as an exotic jungle where animals outnumber humans. But development -- especially as the population grows in the Amazon region -- is an important reality, and one that cannot be ignored in conservation efforts.