About - mitchpaine

About Mitch

“Fundamentally, I aim to tell stories with my photographs. There are so many places, people, animals, and experiences around us that not everyone can see, but we all can appreciate. From the farthest mountain to the wetlands close to home, marvelous sights await all of us. I want to share those things that so many don’t get to see and I hope to inspire others to care more about our natural world.

I also aim to bear witness to our changing natural world. We’re losing so much of it every day. When I first picked up a camera, my goal was to photograph one of the rarest creatures on the planet – the Salt Creek tiger beetle. This little beetle exists only in a few wetlands near Lincoln, Nebraska. The total population is in the hundreds and most people will never get to see one. I share my photos of the Salt Creek tiger beetle, as well as other animals, to show people how fragile our world exists today.”

Mitch is an accomplished nature and wildlife photographer, having photographed endangered species, landscapes, and people across North America and Africa. His work and story has been featured in the Boston Globe, Audubon, Grist, Arkive Project, Bold Nebraska, Prairie Fire Newspaper, and many other outlets.

He has written and photographed extensively for non-profits working on conservation and environmental issues. Mitch covered the protests over the Keystone XL pipeline from the very beginning, documenting the first demonstrations and landowners affected by the proposed route. He also covered the conservation work of the Sun & Moon Turtle Foundation in Teshie, Ghana. Emmanuel Kuhameh, a young Ghanaian man, helps save thousands of endangered sea turtles and works to turn his community into a place that protects its beaches for nesting turtles.

Mitch lives in Lincoln, Nebraska with his German shepherd Zenzi. He loves to photograph the beautiful landscapes and animals of Nebraska in between trips to exotic locations.