Photography has been a personal pursuit for almost four decades. However, it's now also part of my professional life at the University of Waterloo, where I am a Professor in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability.

In 2016, I started teaching photography as a tool for understanding sustainability, and began shifting my research program towards exploring how photography can deepen engagement with environmental challenges.

In my professional work, I'm  interested in how art and science can interact fruitfully. In many fields, scientists have discovered that art is a useful tool for connecting with the public. A one-sided relationship, where art serves science, is not what I'm interested in. Rather, my goal is to make images where science serves art as much as art helps science. Given my decades of work in the water field, I'm focusing on water challenges and opportunities in this work.

In my personal work, I make photographs that please me. 

Rob de Loë
Guelph, Ontario, Canada

University of Waterloo
School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability

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