Canon Ambassador Ulla Lohmann is a photographer synonymous with high-octane image-making – particularly active volcanoes. She has been obsessed with these natural phenomena since she was a child: when she was eight, her father took her to Pompeii and she was captivated; at 19, financed by winnings from a scientific competition, she went on a life-changing journey around the globe to experience active volcanoes up close. "My entire life is dedicated to volcanoes," she says.
Though she is undeniably fascinated by volcanos themselves, it is the "volcano people" who have made the strongest impression. "I am interested in how volcanoes change our Earth but also in how many people around the world live with them," she explains. "I realised what these people have in common – a deep respect for nature."
At the time of this interview Ulla was in Vanuatu, in the South Pacific Ocean, where she'd been filming a documentary series for German TV about people living alongside active volcanoes. Audible in the background are sounds of dogs barking and the rumbling of volcanoes – the island nation has nine of them. "The first episode, filmed in Vanuatu, aired in November 2023," Ulla says. "Now we're planning a whole series, hopefully visiting the same countries as I covered in my book Volcano People."