Photographing Nyiragongo Volcano

Photographing Nyiragongo Volcano

In an effort to find a new untouched location, Ian Plant headed to the remotest location he could find: a volcano in a conflict zone. Even there he found other photographers, so he had to get creative

I have often said that the key to successful photography is showing people something they haven’t seen before. With so many people doing landscape photography these days, it seems that there are few places left on earth that people haven’t already seen. These days, I increasingly find myself going to locations that are far off the beaten path, in an effort to stay one step ahead of the teeming hordes. This, in part, is what recently led me to one of the most dangerous places in the world.

The Democratic Republic of Congo has in the past two decades been considered one of the world’s most volatile conflict areas. Congo’s civil wars, which began in 1996, devastated the country and resulted in the deaths of over five million people. Things have calmed down in recent years, and parts of the country have reopened for tourism, but even a cursory glance at the U.S. State Department’s travel warning for DRC is enough to scare even the bravest...

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Ian Plant is a full time professional nature photographer, writer, and adventurer. His work has appeared in numerous magazines, books and calendars, and he is a frequent contributor to Popular Photography and Outdoor Photographer magazines, among others.

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