And while some folks might talk about moving to Mars or where ever, as if it were a real option, that seems like kind of a of a long shot to me ( and okay, maybe I’m naive or under educated about the possibilities in this regard; but still…it does seem that an exodus to another planet, whether naturally occurring or a manufactured one, represents a mighty exclusive potential opportunity, to say the least.
And it doesn’t really solve the problem, does it?
In fact, one might conclude, that it would only serve to exacerbate the dilemma by mitigating the recognition of the subtle and delicate realities that make life on earth possible in the first place. Say, our specific distance from the sun for example. Any closer, we’d fry. Any farther, we’d freeze.
So rather than acknowledging the miraculous fact of the ten thousand conditions which make life here possible in the first place, we regard the whole thing as just another temporary and disposable campground of no real value. A sort of amusement park. Which is utter and dangerous bullshit.
The truth is, that this earth is one of a kind, special, unique. A delicate balance holds it together, makes it all work. The seas in particular are critical. The air we breath. The immense interconnected web of living beings, seen and unseen, large and small, visible and invisible, know and unknown, all this matters, each depends on the other.
Catastrophic climate change (we are experiencing and which is just starting to show it’s disruptive face, is caused by what we do, all of us, individually and collectively; our increasingly rapid and unconscious tumbling into the next moment of mindless consumption. We have stacks and stacks of science clearly establishing this to be true. Yet we carry on with disposable this and disposable that.
But we are not beyond hope.
The dramatic and important storied are there to be told and shared. We must show and tell. We must see and understand. There is not one single place on earth unaffected by this. One of the most powerful ways to do this is through the power of visual storytelling through visual storytelling of photography .Cristina Mittermeier and Paul Nicklen, founders of Sea Legacy knows this. Please look at their site and support their work.
I too know this and am dedicating the rest of my life to making images of these fragile and ever changing landscapes, both in the urban areas, the near by and the far away.
My process echoes the very dilemma we and our planet faces. I work slowly from a contemplative, a meditative mental and emotional space. I shoot 99% film. Each image is produced in a way that makes it one of a kind. As our earth is one of a kind, so is each of my images, a printed representation, a metaphor of our dilemma.
The other part of my work is educational. I’ve sought the expertise of other educators, meditators and photographers to develop a curriculum suitable for youth, adults as well as organizations, to teach meditation, mindfulness and gratitude alongside a contemplative photography practice that helps support a collective awakening through which we may become non-judgmentally more aware of how our thoughts, speech and actions impact our planet.
I invite you to join me and support this important work at this critical time through engagement via workshops, direct financial support, and various other opportunities for engagement. Let’s shift impassiveness into action.