BEYOND THE LENS Story by Lissa Alexander The world has enough pretty pictures. That’s one of the reasons why internationally renowned wildlife and nature photographer Paul Nicklen says he’s not interested in chasing celebrated scenes of beauty for his next big project. But mainly, it’s because his work is issue driven, and he’s made it his life’s work to try and protect this planet’s rugged natural landscapes, and particularly, those delicate ecosystems under the sea. Nicklen’s photographs are stunning and profound. He’s captured everything from the effect of tourism on the Florida Manatee to starving polar bears in the Arctic,…