Timezone shows extreme and inhospitable landscapes from across the globe with the hope the images will inspire people to care a little more about the world. The project was conceptualised by Thymann together with Tom Phillips/Exposure NY and commissioned by Casio. Approaching the project with a taste for adventure and trepidation, the images show the natural diversity of our small planet.

Each location was chosen for its unusual and unique habitat. In the Mexican jungle cenotes, or sinkholes, expose an underwater cave with a sulphur cloud, while the glaciers in New Zealand depict the unfortunate damage climate change is having on the natural environment. Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo plays host to the world’s largest lava lake in the crater of Nyiragongo volcano.

The below is abstracted from a Wired article about the project:

Klaus Thymann obviously loves adventure. In just 24 days, Thymann dove 100 feet into a sinkhole, trekked one of two glaciers abutting a rainforest, and peered over the edge of an active volcano.

Thymann traveled thousands of miles around the world to visit three unusual and remote ecosystems for Timezone. “This planet still holds diverse environments that are full of surprises,” he says.

Thymann hopes Timezone prompts curiosity in viewers. “If I can show that nature can still come up with surprises, that will raise questions about what we need to do to preserve those environments,” he says. If you’re not up for learning how to dive or dealing with altitude sickness, Thymann lets you see it all from the comfort of your couch.

– Charley Locke, Wired