Interview: Photographer Art Wolfe on Earth Is My Witness

The legendary landscape, wildlife, and cultural photographer explains the essence of his work

Art Wolfe

Art Wolfe

This big cat was shot by Wolfe at Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India, with a Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II and a 70–200mm f/2.8L IS II Canon EF lens. Exposure was 1/800 sec at f/2.8, ISO 500. _ Photo: Art Wolfe_Art Wolfe
Huli Man

Huli Man

_ Photo: Art Wolfe_ From: Earth is My Witness
Camel Trail, Sahara Desert

Camel Trail, Sahara Desert

_ Photo: Art Wolfe_ From: Earth is My Witness
Women of Thar Desert

Women of Thar Desert

Even as they go about their daily work, the women of the Thar Desert wear beautiful tooled jewelry and colorful dress. Occasionally, they'll gather into groups to discuss a range of subjects from how lazy their men are to village politics. During the long dry season, they'll routinely paint beautiful designs upon their adobe walls and courtyard floors adding a bit of beauty to the otherwise monochromatic world. _ Photo: Art Wolfe_ From: Earth is My Witness
African Elephants, Okavango Delta, Botswana

African Elephants, Okavango Delta, Botswana

_ Photo: Art Wolfe_ From: Earth is My Witness
Thai Tattoo, Bangkok

Thai Tattoo, Bangkok

_ Photo: Art Wolfe_ From: Earth is My Witness
Monks in Myanmar

Monks in Myanmar

_ Photo: Art Wolfe_ From: Earth is My Witness
Active Volcano

Active Volcano

The moon rises over an erupting summit vent in Mt. Etna, Sicily, Italy _ Photo: Art Wolfe_ From: Earth is My Witness
Humpback Whale, Vava'u, Tonga

Humpback Whale, Vava'u, Tonga

Tonga is one of the very few places you can actually snorkel within close proximity to whales. We had just five days on the water and four of them were just too windy and the whales were very shy. In a more outgoing moment, whale swam by and eyeballed me. It was extraordinary. _ Photo: Art Wolfe_ From: Earth is My Witness
Halema'uma'u, Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii, USA

Halema'uma'u, Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii, USA

Photo: Art Wolfe From: Earth is My Witness
Chimbu Men

Chimbu Men

Chimbu men in bamboo, Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea. _ Photo: Art Wolfe_ From: Earth is My Witness
Cheetahs

Cheetahs

Cheetahs often rest on termite mounds from which they are able to survey their surroundings, as here in Phinda Reserve, South Africa. This is a necessity for a mother with many cubs to keep out of harm's way._ Photo: Art Wolfe_ From: Earth is My Witness