Whanganui River, Central North Island, New Zealand. Photo Cr: Leah Zamesnik.
Photographer. Environmentalist. Humanist. Adventure, wilderness, and art have taught Alex to how to see the world through diverse lenses, how to listen, and how to make small steps daily to try and make this world a better place. Alex has honed a unique skill set in the research and documentation of issues around Climate Change, the environment, and the world's rich diversity in culture. His passion for connecting with people, places, and stories have taken him to many corners of the world. As a witness to environmental destruction on a monumental scale, the lasting impacts of colonization, and pressing development issues across the globe that many communities face today, Alex is a fierce advocate for the environment, climate, and people. By interacting with the rich, colorful, and diverse landscapes and cultures outside of the U.S., his understanding for how complex and beautifully interconnected the world actually is took shape. These experiences forever solidified an understanding about how interconnected environmental sustainability and human livelihoods actually are, and solidified an understanding about how dependent the health of a community is on the health of their environment, especially with communities that are intimately connected to their land and its living beings. Basaraba's images weave compassion, beauty, and resistance while showcasing the incredible resiliency of the environment and people.
After years of rambling, Alex found his way back to his childhood home, Fort Collins, Colorado. Basaraba is a contract photographer, educator, and researcher who works across North America, Asia, and Pacific. He holds a Master's of Science (MSc) in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources (2016) and a Bachelor's of Science (BS) in Biology with a minor in jazz piano performance (2010) from Colorado State University. Currently working as a photographer, multimedia specialist and research associate with Bubar and Hall Consulting, he works at the interstice of environmental conservation and human well-being in story-telling, research, and planning with tribal and non-tribal communities.