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You can’t help but look at the fires in the West of the US and wonder at what the future will bring if the world continues to warm. We’ve seen pyrocumulus clouds punching through the troposphere, the deserts ablaze and the orange night glow in San Francisco looking like a warning from a dystopian science fiction film. The sad thing is that this is happening over the globe and forests are burning that can’t recover such as rainforest regions of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.
There is very little that we as photographers can do apart from bear witness to these events and show the public what is being lost, however painful that might be. William Neill writes in this current issue about Philip Hyde and his actions as an environmentalist and it’s important that we see that the actions we can take as individuals aren’t about winning single battles.
There will be no real end to the pressures on the environment and we need to keep an opposing pressure in place to preserve as much as we can and make people aware of what might be lost. Ultimately, change can only happen politically and although, as we have seen from photographers such as Philip Hyde, Peter Dombrovskis, Eliot Porter, etc. The power of a strong image at the right time can work wonders, we also need to appreciate and support the small organisations and individuals that dedicate their lives to helping care for the land we love, whether local or global.
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The first thing that draws my attention is the billowing smoke from the locomotive, then the locomotive itself, and the line of freight cars seemingly stretching to the mountains. more
Altered landscapes are a brutal fact of the world around us. They speak of our insatiable appetite for earth’s resources and are a warning of what might happen if we continue the unchecked development and globalisation strategy of the last decades. more
Folly Pond is a small pond, about 100 feet long, situated on the edge of Blackheath, South London. It was believed to have originally been a gravel pit, then was used as a watering place for horses travelling along the main road that passes close by. more
Being in "lockdown" (or quarantine, whatever you decide to call it), has created lots of time to reflect on the photographic practice of other photographers who inspire me. more
We spoke with Paul Gallagher a few weeks back and he teased us with some infra-red images then, suggesting a book he'd been working on with Michael Pilkington about Infra-Red. We couldn't miss this as some of the work I had been shown was up there with the best IR I'd seen. more
Emerson is now well-known as one of the foremost 19th Century photographers, particularly in his pictures of rural Norfolk and Suffolk2, many of which show people working in the landscape. more
Nothing like a near-death experience to focus the mind, eh? And so began my period of de-stressing, downscaling and of simplification in my existence. And of the uptake of photography as a second career. more
Although the photographic world has changed dramatically since Phil was pioneering conservation photography, the great need for vigilance, activism and the sharing of our photographs to inspire others has not. more