In 2017, Pie Aerts quit his office job to become a photographer. Although it was a huge leap of faith, Pie knew he had the inspiration and motivation to succeed. His inspiration came from a lifelong love of photography and art in a physical form: books, paintings, prints. His motivation was a desire to conserve a planet clearly suffering due to humanity's increasing detachment from nature.
Four years later, now a renowned nature photographer, conservationist and Canon Ambassador, Pie's gamble has handsomely paid off. Today, he uses his passion for photography and printed art to examine the disconnect between humans and nature – and to help repair that divide.
In 2020, Pie embarked on his biggest project yet, Prints for Wildlife, which brought together wildlife photographers from around the world. The project used printed photography to raise funds for African wildlife reserves adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Here, Pie explains how printing his work has been fundamental to his photography career and his continued environmental mission to reconnect mankind with nature.