Welcome to NixonsCan, the blog of Dr. J. Ashley Nixon, documentary photographer, filmmaker, writer, and university teacher. Through my international career in sustainable development, I have been able to explore and experience life in many countries around the world. I continue to work on managing, better understanding, and communicating on environmental and social issues.
I earned my Ph.D. in ecology by studying environmental changes associated with woodland restoration on the beautiful island of Rum in the Scottish Hebrides. Following a long career managing sustainability and external relations in the energy industry with Shell, I teach writing about images (photography) and sustainability at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Canada. I am honoured to be a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society.
I have co-authored a university textbook on environmental assessment and published a book on developing communities in Peru. My other publications on rugby, hockey, portraits of cosplayers and the Sled Island Music & Arts Festival can be viewed here. My most recent documentary film about La Huaconada, a dance performed in the Peruvian Andes and recognized by UNESCO for its intrinsic cultural value was featured in an educational program Aprendo en Casa on national television in Peru. You can view La Máscara y Más: La Huaconada de Mito (in Spanish with English subtitles) and my other films via this link to my Vimeo site.
My other interests, including performance (music, dance, and sports), writing poetry, and art & design, also feature in my blogs.
Please visit my photography and filmmaking website at www.jashleynixon.com