Art & Activism Media

About

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About

I am an studio & underwater photographer based in Nelson, New Zealand 

My passion is activism photography and videography mostly on environmental & social justice issues, through art as a way to connect with hearts and feelings.

If you would like to collaborate or need media for campaigns related to ocean protection, climate change, women rights or poverty, please don't hesitate to contact me at jose@josegcano.com

Bio

I was born in Valencia, in the coast of Spain in 1961. After studying commerce and work in distribution for several years, I left Spain on my late 30’s and went to life in a sailing boat. I sailed the Mediterranean , the Red Sea, and finally the Indian Ocean.


Arriving to Thailand by chance, I started volunteering with Child Watch, a local organisation dealing with the darker side of the tourism industry. 

Two years later I founded the Life Home Project with a group of volunteers, working to create safe shelters for women and children living with HIV/Aids, fighting discrimination, stigma and the lack of health resources. 

This was the most important and life changing period of my life, as it allowed me to experience how best enact social change from a non for profit organisation perspective. 

During this period, I was appointed Honorary Consul of Spain in Phuket, receiving the Cross of Knight of the Order of Isabel La Catolica .

I moved to Nelson, New Zealand in 2009 and settled in Nelson , where I have my photography studio.

In my photographic journey I initially focused in documentary photography, as a witness of the social problems of our world, and specially South East Asia, I later turned to Fine Art Photography, but with a foot in activism media and photography on matters related to environmental and social issues. 

I am a Sea Shepherd volunteer and I have been trained in Climate Change action by the Al Gore organisation Climate Reality in Berlin 2018.


"Ocean Stories" will be the project in which I will be working mostly in the next 2/3 years.You can see more here: Ocean Stories