I first heard about him last year during Teamwork's Bonjour India festival, he was showcasing his photos along a famous road (I forget the name) in Mumbai. But this is the first time I've seen his photos, thank you Frank Eckhardt. Incidentally, he also took the photo that is my current Google Chrome skin. What I love about his pictures is how they give you a completely new perspective on the world we live in. The best way I can describe it, it's a bird's eye view of 1) how beautiful our planet is, 2) how advanced human society has become and 3) put 1 and 2 together and you get an image of how we have destroyed and continue to destroy so much of the Earth. When I look at human civilisation from this angle, I can't help but think of this line from the 11th Hour that describes us as a disease, "Our biosphere is sick and we have a planet that's behaving like an infected organism. If you look at it from outer space, you see all these lights, the lights of these people... it's like looking at an organism with some sort of infection on it". But James Lovelock puts it best - "We have grown in number to the point where our presence is perceptibly disabling the planet like a disease. As in human diseases there are four possible outcomes: destruction of the invading disease organisms; chronic infection; destruction of the host; or symbiosis - a lasting relationship of mutual benefit to the host and the invader." It's an analogy that appeals strongly to my biology-centric mind. Anyhow, such moving images.
|coal mine in South Africa|
|favelas in Rio de Janeiro|
|townships in Cape Town|
|Hashima Island, Japan|
|boats stranded on the Aral Sea which has long since dried up|
|Palm Jumeira, Dubai|
(anyone who knows me knows I have a deep hatred for Dubai and how everything there is man-made and ruled by oil money)
|freeways in LA|
|New Caledonia mangrove swamp|
(the heart shape is natural)
|Yellowstone National Park |
(the colours are because of cyanobacteria)
|flamingos in Kenya|
In even more news, I spent the whole day at the beach with Tara yesterday. It was an absolutely stunning day. So refreshing. I feel honoured to live in a city as beautiful as Cape Town. While lounging on the beach, I started reading James Lovelock's "Revenge of Gaia". I didn't get very far but I did find some quotes that spoke to me so I'll jot them down here and then stop rambling, they're from the foreword by Crispin Tickell.
|sunset over Camps Bay, and if you enlarge it and look closely a huge flock of (I think) cormorants|