After a early morning swim in the crystal clear Caribbean waters, we walked back to the car. The morning had been rather chilly and Bob seemed to enjoy the warm sun as it finally peaked above the clouds. I was attracted by the beautiful flowers and started to follow him as he walked alongside the hedge. It's one of these moments that I actually don't know how I ended up with this frame, but when you feel in sync, when it seems your brain stops working, when you lose any sense of time and when everything just flows and falls into place. I love it when that happens and it are often these frames that end up being my favourites. ⠀ ⠀ I can't really put to words why I love this particular frame so much, but I hear music when I look at this and for a split second I feel like I'm with Bob again. In the end that's what we tried to create in the book, Meet Bob, that not only has a conservation message but at the same time celebrates culture, color and life.
Bob is a Caribbean flamingo, from the island of Curaçao. His life took a dramatic turn when he flew into a hotel window, leaving him severely concussed. He was cared for by my cousin, Odette Doest, a local vet who also runs a wildlife rehabilitation centre and conservation charity – the Fundashon Dier en Onderwijs Cariben (@fdoccuracao). Existing disabilities meant Bob couldn’t be released, but instead he became ambassador for FDOC, which educates locals about the importance of protecting the island’s wildlife.
Dutch photographer Jasper Doest creates visual stories that explore the relationship between humankind and nature and is a contributing photographer to National Geographic magazine. Learn more about Jasper Doest.