Dylan Schmeling ’24.5, a Biology and Physics double major and an international student, finds inspiration in his home country of Tanzania. Working at his art for 12 years, he’s been influenced by famous wildlife photographer Paul Nicklen and portraitist Martin Schoeller. Dylan’s photography shows the Tanzanian countryside, and thus documents the people, animals and landscape he grew up around. He takes photos as a scientist would, capturing the infinitesimal moment with an objective eye. His work shows us a way of life and an environment that is increasingly threatened by contemporary society. Concerned about unsustainable practices across the world, he is a member of the Middlebury Environmental Council. The people shown in the photos are Hadza- one of the last hunter-gatherer tribes in East Africa. They are also Dylan’s friends and neighbors, individuals he had the privilege of growing up with and learning from.