An Extreme Photographer

An Extreme Photographer

2014-2016
"Extreme photographer" is a project about the travels of Olga Michi, an extreme photographer who went to the most inaccessible corners of our planet. This is the story of her travels – each yielding just a few unique shots. For the sake of those shots Olga Michi had to approach the wild animals and often had to stay at an arm's length from them. She swam with the crocodiles in the turbid waters of the Okavango river, stayed with mountain gorillas in the rain forests of Central Africa and dived with the white whales under the ice of the northern White Sea.

An Extreme Photographer

Unique photo shootings on every continent of the Earth sometimes forced Olga to risk her life. But she did not do it in pursuit of adrenaline. Her objective was to present the beauty of our planet’s wild nature to the people through the art of photography – and to prove wrong the established stereotypes of certain animals considered to be dangerous (primarily because of the general public’s ignorance of the animal’s behavior specifics). Using her experience as an example, Olga shows the world that one can achieve what was previously considered impossible – and that nature is not intrinsically hostile to man (unless a person is hostile to nature first).

In her search for the best shooting location Olga is assisted by local zoologists, rangers and employees of national parks. Their comments help in better understanding the habits and behavior of an animal. This is needed in order to get as close as possible to the wild animals. “Extreme Photography” actually is a research project on the life of wild animals in their natural habitat. First of all, this is a woman's view of the ruthless world of wild nature.

Unlike the shots captured by other animal photographers, Olga brings a special sensuality to the art of photography. She forces the viewer to look into the eyes of the most dangerous animals, to see moments of their life from an unusual angle; in the process the photographer overcomes her personal fears. And that bravery (that far from every man is capable of) makes Olga Michi a truly extreme photographer, capable of giving what it takes to achieve her goal - to capture an emotional frame that makes an impact that lasts a lifetime.