A photograph has the power to change policies, preserve buildings, change cultural perspectives, and save the Earth. Currently, I am sitting on over 10,000 images and I don’t know how to use them. I know that I want to open people up to worlds beyond the ones they know. I know that I want to educate through my love of people, food, and travel. But I also know that I want to bring more joy, playfulness, and laughter through my work.
The photograph above is of a bulldozer taking the sand that has blown into the town and placing back out on the beaches. Dunkerque is a town on the northwest corner of France and has a great deal of wind off of the water. All winter, the wind blows the sand into the the town and all winter there are crews moving the sand back out to the beaches. I share this photo because I think it is playful but comments on the serious issue of erosion and the sea wall trying to push back against this town. I care about this town and worry that Mother Nature has its own plan. According to Costal Education & Research Foundation, Inc., “the two types of erosion identified comprise the action of frontal waves and the combined interaction of tidal currents and wind.” Although some erosion is natural, what will happen to towns such as Dunkerque when the glaciers are melting and the seas rise even higher?
“Satellite Earth Art uses scientific quality data of the Earth’s surface collected by satellites, to make artistic quality images.” The images created through our satellites are stunning. There is no denying the mesmerizing quality of the blue sea or white clouds. This form of art is being explored more and more as we push science and exploration further. The beauty is important but I also think these photographs could be used to show climate change from another level.
Last week, we had Bruce Gordon of EcoFlight come to class and share the work he is doing from the air. He is educating people from a birds eye-view about the destruction of the beautiful nature in the United States. Mr. Gordon is sharing the realities of what happens when there is no legislation in place to protect the natural land. The want for some natural resources is blinding the need and protection of other non-renewable resources.
Above is a photo captured during one of his flights. It is just one example of his many photographs of different oil and gas projects in the United States. His photos have an angle on the landscape that could help inform leaders about the destruction on the Earth’s surface and create change to protect it.