Our good friend, and frequent drone operator/photo collaborator, Eric Rejman, is a documentary filmmaker, photographer and nature conservationist who uses imagery to spread information on the beauty and fragility of nature. He recently premiered a piece titled “Exclusive Peaks”, a 12 day, 18k photo time-lapse of the full monarch metamorphosis as it naturally occurred. It was a beautiful piece to behold. It was simple and presented the metamorphosis without being overly flashy. At no time during the piece did it feel like the work was bashing the viewer over the head with a message.
On the project, Rejman says “In a society that is alienated from nature, we forget the world’s most pristine protected resources could some day cease to exist. By capturing exclusive peaks of earth’s natural wonders, it is my hope to communicate this message and inspire the public to preserve and protect our environment for future generations.”
In addition to his artwork, Rejman, with the help of some generous friends, construct monarch way stations: habitats that support the sensitive life cycle of monarch butterflies.
Eric recently completed construction on the Milo-Grogan Butterfly Garden in the Columbus area, located outside of the 934 Gallery at 934 Cleveland Ave. You can go check out the garden at any time!
When asked why he does the work that he does, he responded, “Film wasn’t simply enough to create the action that is necessary to live with climate change. I also sense a lack of community which is polarizing our society. I see building gardens catered towards the lifecycle of monarch butterflies to be this perfect vehicle to a. connect people with nature, b. teach little kids about nature conservation and c. help with the plight of the monarch butterflies, something that directly impacts our lives. In the last 20 years, we’ve lost 90 percent of monarch butterflies, which is a pollinating insect that also migrates 4,000km a year. Pollinating insects are responsible for one out of three bites of food that we eat. The health of our environment is a reflection of the health of our own species.”
Loose Films is proud to be connected with someone who deeply understands the importance of nature conservation, and someone who uses art to bring those messages into our daily lives. Check out his work!