About JASON ROTHE
Jason is a photographer and multimedia journalist from Vancouver, Canada. His work has appeared in a variety of publications such as Orion Magazine, the Utne Reader, The Walrus, Geographic Expeditions, Explore Magazine, The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star and The Riverbones, a travel memoir on Suriname by Andrew Westoll. Jason’s photographs won the Orion Magazine Award at the 2009 Our World Portfolio Review for a portfolio that best that fits the mission of Orion, which is to deepen an understanding of our relationships with the natural world. Though primarily freelance, Jason also spent a year and a half working as a commercial photographer for VRX Studios.
Jason’s work often explores the relationship between human beings and nature as well as the role of cultural elements such music, art, spiritual belief and food/drugs in human society. He has engaged stories on organic tea farming in Bolivia, mining and Devil worship, dental tourism, trekking in the Andes, Uruguayan Candombe drumming and the music of the Mbyá Guarani indigenous. Jason speaks an advanced level of Spanish and is especially passionate about the people, landscape and society of Latin America as well as the struggle of indigenous and other threatened cultures to preserve their language, traditions and way of life in a rapidly changing world.
Although his background is in still photography and writing, Jason is increasingly delving into video and audio work in order to most effectively engage his audience and tell the best story possible. He is currently editing and producing a multimedia project on the music of the Mbyá Guarani of northern Argentina and looks forward to taking his films to the next level.