NOOR - Life in the Cévennes National Park
Etienne Maury is a photographer and multimedia director based in the French Alps. Following on scientific studies, he shifted to documentary photography and followed the photojournalism section of the EMI-CFD school in Paris. His first essays were focused on sidelined communities, among others Navajos fighting for their ancestral lands in Arizona, and integration of Armenian orphans in the Lebanese society. He also pursued a long-term multimedia project on dubstep music and its appeal to a generation, from the underground to main stages around the world.
For the last years, he turned his interest to environmental stories and cohabitation between humans and nature around them. Since 2014, he explores French National Parks and their inhabitants and dedicated much of 2016 as the filmmaker and interactive director on an ongoing transmedia project on the stakes surrounding forests in the DR-Congo, the second largest tropical forest basin in the world.
Life in the Cévennes National Park
There are ten National Parks on the French territory. In these, biodiversity is deemed worthy to be protected for our future generations. Local residents and regional development plans have to comply with a specific environmental legislation, enforced by rangers. Each park has it’s own historical and social background, but they cover four different climates with strong specific human/nature relationships: mountainous, Mediterranean, continental and tropical. De facto, they are the largest laboratories for cohabitation between man and nature in our country.
This chapter takes place in the Cévennes National Park – and is one of the four chapters that will match the four climates-. It focuses on agropastoralism and the necessity to maintain a sustainable human activity to look after this nature, shaped by millenaries of cattle farming.
This project is still ongoing. An other chapter, focusing on the Port-Cros National Park, is available here.