Wayne Maser


Fashion and celebrity photographers are modern-day nomads, so I don’t spend too much time in any one place. It is both a blessing and a curse. Though I don’t get to settle down much, I’ve been to some of the most beautiful places on the planet as I’ve worked in the United States, Europe and Africa.

Whenever I can, I spend time in my house on an island in the Mediterranean. I’m not the only nomad here. The loggerhead sea turtle, an endangered species, also lives in these waters and nests on these islands. (Some loggerheads travel as much as 7,500 miles from nesting beaches to feeding grounds.)

We chose this place, in part, because of how spectacular nature is here. I don’t want to see it polluted or over-developed any more than the loggerhead does. It doesn’t surprise me to know that when loggerheads face degraded habitat conditions, their populations decline. Who wants to live in a place like that?

We are all animals, after all. In the years that I’ve studied the human form, I know that. Some of us may have evolved more than others. My rat terrier has come a long way from his endangered wolf ancestor. But we’re all animals with the same basic needs.

I may be a nomad, but I’m not the only one.

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