By publication, the project will have taken nearly a year to complete. Nick Hawkins, a specialist in camera traps in rainforest environments hailing from Canada, will have spent three months in all in Mashpi’s forests, attempting to capture some of its most elusive creatures – felines in particular.
Nick describes his work like “setting up a studio in the forest” where he first begins by placing video cameras on certain trails or sites where animals are likely to pass. Then he sets up his large, DSLR cameras, along with flashes and sensors, framing up his ‘dream shot’ of an animal in the wild.
“For me, success is for the cameras to still be working when the moment I hope to capture happens,” he admits with a smile.
“These humid forests are extremely challenging environments for our equipment. You have to be really resourceful, to adapt your gear to the terrain and climate. There are so many things that can go wrong, I’m happy if I can capture just one shot from three different camera set-ups in these forests!”