National Geographic : 2008 Oct
.S'l ii 0I I'd like to think that my work as a photographer open people's eyes to the importance of COmre/t-tafoz: Tim Laman never set out to be a world class photographer. When he graduated college he just wanted to do what he loved best: experience the natural world. Although he was driven to succeed, plotting a career didn't make the top of his agenda. Instead, Laman's enthusiasm for animals, birds, and marine life naturally led him toward an award winning career in photography. It was while working on his Ph.D. in biology at Harvard-he was researching strangler fig trees in the rain forest canopies of Borneo-Laman created the subject for a National Geographic photo piece. "I turned my research project into my first major published work," says Laman. Although his work as a biologist and a photographer (he's self-taught) go hand in hand, Laman believes choosing to pursue photography was a good decision that has allowed him to work on a variety of subjects. "In science you really have to specialize, but as a photographer, I am reaching a wider audience and raising attention for conservation-much more than I could have pursuing a scientific career," he says. Laman's expeditions have produced striking photos of the world's little known places-from orangutans in the wild to Fiji's underwater reefs to his latest project, birds of paradise in New Guinea and Indonesia (see photo above). He gets great shots because as an avid tree climber, diver, and ski mountaineer, he goes where most people don't. "People think the whole world has been explored, but really there's a lot we have to learn and appreciate." Photographs made possible b, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Image Collection *F MassMutual We'll help you get there We'll help you get there." MassMutual understands the importance of making good decisions. Agood decision can be a goal-or itcan help you reach your goal. Either way, you need to feel confident. And when it comes to big decisions about your finances and your future-we know you want to make a good one. Our products and experience will help you get there.