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It’s A Question Of Balance ®  radio show balances the intellectual with the creative, exploring whether we have more in common than divides us through thought-provoking conversations – out and about with people on the street on different topics, and in the studio with inspiring guests from the arts. Balance is not a compromise. Balance is truth distilled from many places creating cohesive understanding.

Photo by Jodi Frediani

This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing renowned marine life photographer Jodi Frediani. Her incredible photos have appeared in publications around the world and she’s particularly known for her remarkable images of whales with whom she swims. We talk about her journey through the flower power of the 60s, travelling all over Africa and Europe, giving Yoko Ono relationship advice, and how (having received her first camera at the age of 12) she became such an incredible marine-life photographer.
All photographs Copyright of Jodi Frediani.

Anchovies by Jodi Frediani

Dead anchovies in Santa Cruz Harbor

With a bachelor’s degree and graduate certificate in Art/ Photography, Jodi’s graduate photo project ‘Our Other Homeless’ highlighted the plight of abandoned cats and dogs, euthanised in the thousands by shelters when homes can’t be found. Her photographs were incorporated in books and magazines and exhibited from coast to coast. Jodi has photographically recorded adventures, people, places and animals across Africa, spanning the continent and capturing an array of incredible animals including elephants and cheetahs. For the past 7 years, she has focused on marine species of the Monterey Bay in California, and for the last 15 seasons Jodi has been swimming with and photographing the North Atlantic humpback whales in the warm waters of the Silver Bank Marine Mammal Sanctuary, Dominican Republic, where she also helps gather fluke ID photos for research. This non-invasive data collection helps scientists to discover where whales spend their time. Jodi has also spent time swimming with and photographing humpback whales in Tonga.

Self Portrait by Jodi Frediani

Whale watching;

If you are listening in the Monterey Bay, California area Jodi will be in Pacific Grove on Thursday, January 26, to give a presentation of the American Cetacean Society on The (Not So) Secret Lives of Humpback Whales in their Breeding/Calving Grounds. Info here Jodi Frediani Whale Talk To see more of Jodi’s work visit www.jodifrediani.com

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