National Geographic photographer David Liittschwager’s stills from his biodiversity study. Local photographer Chris Burville is also involved in the project. *Photos by David Liitschwager for LookBermuda
National Geographic photographer David Liittschwager’s stills from his biodiversity study. Local photographer Chris Burville is also involved in the project. *Photos by David Liitschwager for LookBermuda

LF Wade International Airport will soon be adorned with high definition photographs of Bermuda’s natural and cultural treasures. 

The project by LookBermuda includes panoramas by National Geographic photographer David Liittschwager, LookBermuda photographer and filmmaker Jean-Pierre Rouja, and local nature photographer Chris Burville.

One of the first themed installations — The Nonsuch Island Expeditions — is the result of an ongoing collaboration between Rouja and Liittschwager.

The displays earmarked for the larger walls include high resolution panoramas by Rouja and underwater photography by Chris Burville. 

Several of the larger panoramic murals being prepared by Rouja will exceed eight feet by 40 feet and will help transform the airports appearance.

Liittschwager is known for his unique Biodiversity Survey photography and trademark One Cubic Foot projects that showcase the living subjects photographed against a white background in very high detail, the results of which are extremely effective, once enlarged.

Rouja said: “I had worked with David on another project and wanted to apply his process to our ongoing efforts to showcase Nonsuch Island. The project started with images of newly hatched Cahow chicks and is now being expanded to showcase the biodiversity of the Nonsuch Island Nature Reserve and its surrounding waters. 

“By using his techniques, we are able to capture anything visible to the naked eye from a few millimetres in size to a fully grown cahow, showcasing both terrestrial and marine flora and fauna.”

The resulting imagery is being used to obtain international exposure for the island, in part via the new nonsuchisland.com website being developed by LookBermuda, home to its ground-breaking CahowCam project and interactive virtual tours. 

The site allows users to virtually visit Nonsuch, which is otherwise too sensitive to accommodate the masses. 

Now the AirportArt installations will reach an even wider audience through high resolution large-scale prints installed in key, high-traffic locations throughout the Airport. To reach the non-travelling public, a travelling MobileArt exhibit will be shown in public pop-up art exhibits throughout the island and also throughout the island’s public and private schools. In the schools it will be accompanied by curriculum content.

Aaron Adderley, General Manager, LF Wade International, Bermuda, said: “LF Wade International Airport is pleased to partner with LookBermuda and through these installations immerse airport users in the flora and fauna of our island. We believe these images will prove spectacular and will draw attention to the natural beauty around us.”