“Look Into My Eyes” Debut Music Video by Jytte Fredholm Ferreira, Artist with A Passion for Wildlife

Together with two American Musicians Rich Harper and Jake Hill, Jytte Fredholm Ferreira composed and produced her first song “Look Into My Eyes”

Music has got the capability to touch the hearts of people in a unique and emotional way. ~Jytte Fredholm Ferreira

Jytte Fredholm Ferreira

Jytte Fredholm Ferreira is a professional Wildlife Photographer, Interspecies Communicator, Anti-Poaching Ranger, Tracker, speaker and writer. She is based in South Africa but spends much of her time in the bush on photographic expeditions and has travelled extensively in southern and Central Africa over the past 25 years.

Jytte Fredholm Ferreira’s website www.jyttefredholmferreira.com

She is deeply involved in conservation and has won the prestigious award from SKÅL International for media and Conservation, for ten years she held the office as Director of Conservation and Education for SA’n White Shark research institute where she was active both locally and internationally in the conservation of Sharks and the Marine environment.

Photograph credit Jytte Fredholm Ferreira. Photograph courtesy of Jytte Fredholm Ferreira.

She writes for Africa Geographic and various other media. She has been featured in a number of documentaries by Discovery channel, Animal Planet, Kika network and SVT (Swedish Television). Jytte works intensely to create better understanding and awareness surrounding the plight of both Animals and Nature. In 2017 Jytte and her family also partook in the very popular program for Swedish television “familjer på äventyr” that showed as a series of 6 episodes. During the summer of 2017 Jytte was also a “Sommar pratare”on Sveriges radio

Jytte is an Expert Tracker and has undergone her tracking education and trained with Conny Andersson (Trained with Apache Indians) founder of Tracker School Sweden. Conny Andersson is considered to be one Europe’s absolute best and most skillful trackers practicing the art of Apache Tracking one of the world’s most ancient and advanced arts in tracking.

Tracking is an amazing way of getting closer to nature and its inhabitants. When we learn to read the signs in nature such as spoor on the ground, smells, sounds, silence, it is like opening a book filled with vital and highly interesting information. It connects us to what is happening around us while searching for the meaning, connection and coherency in all the presenting clues.

Jytte Fredholm Ferreira photographing a bull elephant. Photograph courtesy of Jytte Fredholm Ferreira.

We strive to combine the heightened awareness of all our senses, and as we become acutely aware of signs and movements, or stillness we begin to build a picture and a story which in turn, becomes clearer the more we explore the environment surrounding us.

“We tune into Mother Nature and with all our senses we become aware of another world that might have otherwise passed us by”

Inter-species communication.

Communication is about exchanging information with another being. We do it all the time and in many different ways such as with language, sounds, body language and we send out and receive communication in form of energy/electro magnetic waves.

An intricate science on its own, but in brief, every thought, feeling and intention carries a physical energy that takes on its own frequency, this has been beautifully exposed through quantum physics. As beings we are picking up these frequencies all the time from other fellow beings both humans and animals, sometimes we are aware of them and sometimes not. To successfully communicate with animals, it is essential to access a quiet inner space and to listen beyond the 5 senses. I would say that the most important aspects are, that of intention, love and acceptance. *more to read about this on my website www.jyttefredholmferreira.com

Anti-Poaching

Jytte is a licensed APU (Anti-Poaching Unit) ranger belonging to the International Ranger Federation and the European Ranger Federation as well as APU Sweden.

Photograph courtesy of Jytte Fredholm Ferreira

She does anti poaching work in both Africa and Sweden.

Ambassador for the perfect world foundation

Jytte is also a proud ambassador for the “Perfect world foundation” where she shares her appointment with fellow ambassadors like Dr. Jane Goodall, Sarah, Duchess of York, Keith Richardson & Dr. Richard Leakey to name a few.

Music as a means to reach out…

Together with two American Musicians Rich Harper and Jake Hill, Jytte Fredholm Ferreira composed and produced her first song “Look Into My Eyes”

Through music Jytte has found an additional channel of communication where she can reach out to various audience with her message for conservation.

Music is an amazing medium to reach out to the public as 1 song can be played 100, 1000, 100 000, 1.000 000 of times unlimited times. Music has got the capability to touch the hearts of people in a unique and emotional way. Coupled with a music video the messages can be transferred strong, clear and passionate, and has the possibility to be shared, viewed and enjoyed by countless people.

Together with two American Musicians Rich Harper and Jake Hill, she has composed and produced her first song “Look Into My Eyes” (in a string of many to come hopefully)

Photograph credit Jytte Fredholm Ferreira. Photograph courtesy of Jytte Fredholm Ferreira.

Jytte Fredholm Ferreira’s website www.jyttefredholmferreira.com

Jytte Fredholm Ferreira. Photograph courtesy of Jytte Fredholm Ferreira.

Women & Advocacy…

Julia Huffman is the producer and director of the award winning documentaries Medicine of the Wolf and Wolf Spirit. This interview is from July 2016.

Julia can you tell the readers where you grew up?
I grew up in Southern West Virginia with a few years living in “Philly”, Philadelphia.

 Can you tell us about a childhood memory that helped create who you’ve become now?

My parents “dropped out” of living in the city, when I was very young and joined a “back to the land movement.”  They really re created themselves and didn’t follow the norm of mainstream society. This influenced me deeply. I developed a close connection to the land and to animals growing up in the hills and hollers of WVA. Nature is my base. I am interested in finding new ways to do and say things in this life time and my parents really taught me by their example to be true to that inner voice.

 Can you tell us about a person in your life that inspired you?

Jane Fonda. Beautiful spirit inside and out. An incredible activist and honest. I think we dismiss honesty at times In our culture, but she always struck me as someone who doesn’t apologize for who she is, but can admit openly she made a mistake. We all do. But the humility it takes to be out In the public eye and work on the many environmental issues she has over the years and then also say, “I missed the mark there”, to me, takes incredible courage.

People don’t realize how many years this woman has been using her voice, money and celebrity to speak out for women, human rights, Indigenous rights, and environment… It goes on and on. And lastly she is actually a bit shy by nature, but does it anyway, because she believes in it, I relate to this!

 Can you tell us a little about your post high school studies and why you chose them?

 I got a degree in broadcast journalism, at Bethany College in West Virginia.  I wanted to be a news reporter at one time.

 Can you tell us about a person that helped develop your creative artistic side?

 So many. At a point in my life, I learned, finally, to ask for help and I have been blessed to have found several amazing mentors over the years.

One of my latest is actress Sheryl Lee. She really liked the film and we found each other through a mutual friend. I always thought her work was very cerebral and magnetic and so we had this mutual admiration, which is a good starting place. She is incredibly generous with her talent and time. She is a teacher by nature. She has shared gems of wisdom with me and supported and inspired me to be true to my creative and ever evolving intuition.

 You chose wolves as the subject of your award winning documentary Medicine of the Wolf. Can you tell us what led you to that choice?

 I have always loved wolves. My connection to them, like many, is through my first dog Bozo, he was my soul mate. You’ve heard the term, “the wolf is in your living room? Well Bozo was my “wolf.”

My film was really this amazing opportunity for me to learn more about the dog’s wild cousin, the wolf, right along with the viewer, I really went on that journey.

Medicine of the Wolf Trailer

As a director can you tell us what was the most challenging segment to film in Medicine of the Wolf?

 All of it…ha ha. I call myself, “Me myself and I Productions”..

I say that with a smile, there are S0 many people who donated time energy, money love…into making it! And it certainly IS a WE film. But I bit off a huge chunk in wearing most of the hats. And I am grateful; it’s the doing that makes us learn.

 But maybe the pain was the hardest. The wolf hunt was happening when we were making it and I felt like the whole time I was sprinting (and I was) I had this crazy notion that I needed to save them…And I, we, do. And it took a toll.

 As a director can you tell us what was the most rewarding segment to film in Medicine of the a Wolf?

 I loved ALL of it truly. But being with Jim and my amazing crew up in Wolf country, in Ravenwood for several shoots was MAGICAL, it gets under your skin, the beauty and rawness of that country. And all that Jim shared and gave and revealed in the film was the biggest gift and life changing experience, I truly cherish and admire Jim so very much, he is one of my teachers.

 Can you tell us how has the making of the film Medicine of the Wolf touched you spiritually?

…..It changed me. I am fairly quiet about this, as I believe now that some of what we experience in life is sacred.

Chi Ma’’iingan, Larry Stillday who is in the film and has since passed, shared with me, that the Medicine of the Wolf is love, this I know now on a core level.

 Can you tell us how the overall production of Medicine of the Wolf enhanced your professional career?

New opportunities.

Well. I was invited to do a TEDx talk in Fargo, My talk is on the Healing power of Wolves, so that is a big honor..I have traveled all over now with the film, many seem to really like it. Maybe I am recognized more now as a director. I think as women, there are still a very low percentage of us getting our projects seen and so I am honored to help carry that torch for us.

 Now let’s talk wolves. Can you tell us why you think the topic of wolves drives such fear and hate in some people?

I think that the wolf issue in many ways represents a mirror into our own selves; meaning they remind us of our capacity to love deeply and hate deeply.

And just like the political battles and the bashing you see around us now, many humans seem to need to vilify something.

The wolf in my mind in certain circles has become a scapegoat of misplaced anger and resentment.

 Can you tell us what about the wolf inspires you? Why do you champion him?

The wolf has given so much, just by being. The film was a thank you for all that they have done for the planet and for us humans.

You’ve chosen the topic of Celebrating the wolf for your Ted Talk; can you tell us why you chose that topic?

We have been so programmed to believe that wolves are bad and evil, its everywhere in the news…ISIS attackers are labeled ”Lone wolves” The Wolf of Wallstreet…etc etc etc.

And anti wolf groups continue to spread propaganda about wolves that is incredibly destructive.

So my intention is to speak only of the wolf in the positive and celebratory way that they rightly deserve. I believe that words and ideas…can change hearts and minds. We’ll see! J

Julia’s Ted Talk

Final question. Can you tell us what’s next for you? 

Rest. Maybe a dramatic feature film…

You can meet Julia Huffman on Saturday August 24th, The Center Theatre for more information go to the Facebook event page by clicking here.

Wolf Spirit Trailer

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A Wildlife Photographer Raises Concerns on Balancing Tourism & Conservation in a Canadian National Park

Ep. 09: Balancing Tourism with Conservation in Banff National

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