National Geographic : 1997 Aug
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Assignment U ROMAN EMPIRE Roaming Through the Roman Empire--A Colossal Task Covering 12 countries to shoot the Roman Empire kept photographer Jim Stanfield to a strict sched ule. "Planning is everything," he says. "You can't just show up-I always know what I have to do next. If I lose time in one place, it's a domino effect for the whole rest of the trip." Even Mother Nature knew that Jim had work to do. After days of rain, the skies finally cleared for a sunset shot at El Djem in Tunisia (below). JAMES L STANFIELD SABAH, MALAYSIA All Fired Up About Photography in the Rain Forest The story's up in the trees in Sabah's Danum Val ley, and photographer Mattias Klum found dan gling from a balloon gondola one way to get it. "We also built 11 platforms, 35 to 65 meters up, and got close to the animals by working in blinds. And waiting for days. You never knew what might come slithering by." Mattias's crew included his wife, Monika, her self a photographer. But Sabah was not a roman tic place. "We spent a lot of time picking off leeches-20 a day in the rainy season!" A native of Uppsala, Sweden, Mattias, 29, started shooting for a living while still in his teens. "I borrowed Dad's camera when I was a kid," he says, "and I just never gave it back." NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC (ISSN0027-9358) IS PUBLISHEDMONTHLYBYTHENATIONALGEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY,1145 17THST. N.W.,WASHINGTON, D.C.20036-4688. $27.00 A YEAR,$5.00 A COPY. PERIODICALSPOSTAGEPAIDAT WASHINGTON, D.C ., AND ELSEWHERE. POSTMASTER: SENDADDRESSCHANGESTONATIONALGEOGRAPHIC, P.O .BOX 63002, TAMPA,FLORIDA33663-3002.