Beautiful and informative- ‘Water in the Anthropocene’
Two interrelated weblinks caught my eye on social media this week- Time magazine’s ‘Timelapse’, which integrates Google Maps’ satellite imagery over the last 30 years- and the piece ‘When Earth is Scarred Forever’ by i09 (linked to via the ever insightful Stockholm Resilience Centre).
Both highlight an array of images from our planet, in which human development and its impacts (from resource extraction, agricultural land use change, urbanisation, etc) can be seen in pretty significant, and dramatic, manifestations. Combining the two tools, and searching for some of the i09 examples using the Timelapse application, unearths (an appropriate term, considering the mining theme…) some quite remarkable examples of human generated global physical environmental impacts resulting from our recent, and ongoing, exploitation of the planet on an industrial scale in the era of the ‘anthropocene’.
Image- Mirny Mine, Russia: via aforementioned i09 article.
Loch Dunmore, just north of Pitlochry, Scotland
Following up from my last post on the National Geographic’s Space Picture of the Year, the Guardian’s Travel Photographer of the Year 2012 is another compilation of beautiful, and evocative, photographic images taken over the last 12 months.
Similarly, many of the photographs convey a story of humanity’s interaction and interconnection with nature, wildlife, and the wider environment- from an Indonesian fisherman, a young Kenyan boy guarding his family’s cows, to a stunning desert nightscape in Namibia.
While I have to acknowledge the winning photographer Craig Easton’s effort ‘Dreich’- beautifully capturing dark and foreboding rain clouds off the west coast of Scotland (as having spent my life living in this part of the world, I am well aware of such weather that often, quite literally, comes with the territory)- I think my favourite has to be the above picture, taken by Alessandra Meniconzi, of a young Siberian girl collecting wood from the forest. I’ve undertaken the Trans-Siberian railway through mid-winter Siberia and Mongolia- and exactly 3 years since I was there, this image really brings back some memories of the landscape and environment.
Like the space photographs from National Geographic, the wide open expanse of the Siberian terrain, particularly in the deep freeze of mid-winter, are an unforgettable reminder of your own insignificance, in scale, to the wider natural world.