Flamingo Bob is a celebrity on the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao, where he acts as an emissary for conservation, and protecting nature. Local veterinarian Odette Doest rescued Bob in 2016, after the American flamingo slammed into a hotel window.
She began taking him to local schools as the face of her organization, Foundation for Animals and Education in the Caribbean, and he quickly gained a following. Odette Doest’s cousin, Netherlands-based photographer Jasper Doest, has chronicled Flamingo Bob’s exploits around the island for several years, from strolls through downtown Willemstad, and dips in Bob’s own backyard pool, to appearances on local television.
By grabbing people’s attention with the tall, colorful bird, Odette Doest hopes to increase awareness of environmental issues in the Caribbean, particularly plastic pollution, coral reef degradation, and habitat loss.
Featuring: Jasper Doest
Curated by: Julie Hau, Photo Editor
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Jasper Doest is a Dutch photographer who creates visual stories that explore the relationship between humankind and nature. Through his photographic work, he gives a voice to the natural world, and tries to bridge the gap between that world, and ourselves.
A true believer in the power of photography to initiate change, Jasper is an International League of Conservation Photographers senior fellow, and a World Wildlife Fund ambassador. His work has appeared in international journals, and he has received numerous awards, including World Press Photo recognition, and Wildlife Photographer of the Year.
Jasper frequently lectures on photography, conservation, and global sustainability, and he has presented before groups such as the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, and the Royal Geographical Society in London.
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