Hey there! I’m Mike Talladen, an artist exploring photography over the past decade. Hiraeth Diaries celebrates my love of creativity and my connection with nature, encompassing mediums in abstract work, landscape, wildlife, and others. My goal is to document the world around us using photography, a timeless medium, preserving moments of our ever-changing and declining environment. I hope that by viewing my work, people will gain an enhanced appreciation of our world & all living things, and do their best to keep it clean, growing, and healthy.
Hiraeth Diaries normally donates 10% of all proceeds from print sales and bookings to selected foundations focused on the preservation and rescue of our environment and wildlife around the world. You can see the list of foundations I support in the Give Back section.
Currently, 50% of all print sale proceeds are being donated to the Sumatran Wildlife Sanctuary to fund our efforts in purchasing 40 hectares of pristine rainforest, to add to the 5 hectares we have already secured. This land is adjacent to the Gunung Leuser ecosystem and is threatened by conflict palm oil. The SWS works to not only secure rainforest habitat for local wildlife – to include elephants, tigers, rhino, bears, and the critically endangered orangutan – but to protect the ecosystem and provide job alternatives to locals who might otherwise not have a choice in how they make a living. In some cases, the only work available may directly or indirectly cause harm and/or death to the environment or wildlife.
Photo © Jacob Boll
Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have. Thanks for stopping by, and I look forward to hearing from you!
Hiraeth Diaries is previously known as HummingBear Studios