Artist captures how humans are reshaping the planet – BBC News
Artist captures how humans are reshaping the planet – BBC News Artist captures how humans are reshaping the planet – BBC NewsAs an artist I’m bearing witness to these places, these very surreal and unfamiliar worlds, that exists to be able to create the conditions we call Contemporary life, I travel the world and had to travel in the world for over 40 years. Looking at how we as humans are reshaping our planet, extractive Industries like mining, Corey’s, deforestation and trying to capture them within single frames and also now within motion picture, and to try to tell the story about how we as humans, the dominant species of the planet, are Reshaping the planet concrete stock found in nature, but it’s the number-one techno fossil. It’S the number one that we’re leaving behind that future civilization can find that we are in the anthropocene that that the. Of humans aplastic is another thing that we create. That nature does not create turn on positive stories like I did a whole shoot on some of the purest and most biodiverse. Coral in the whole world off of Komodo Island in Indonesia. Also look at some of the diversity in the forces in Canada. Then there were the tux thousand elephants that were burned on one day to send a signal to poachers. What I think our could do is say look here. It is what it looks like we’re all part of this landscape. We’Ve all partake of the things from landscape. In a lot of times, people say what why you showing these disasters in such an aesthetic way, and I’m saying these aren’t disasters business-as-usual. This is the world that we have created that so far. We need to provide for the number people that are here on the planet today, good. Ladies, when I started it, I think a lot of people were wondering. What is it that I’m doing, and why am I treating this, is a subject for art, but now the conversation and has stepped up, as we start seeing more and more evidence of climate change, more and more people are recognizing that this is something that is big Brought on by human activity, I do believe that people are getting it is that is that, as people become far more aware and start changing their own behavior, so we’ll go governments and so we’ll go Corporation. I don’t see myself as an environmentalist. I’Ve never taking a course on the environment. I didn’t study it at school. I’D rather see the images that I may as a Point of Departure for a more complex conversation about so now that we’re here, what do we do? It’S a different way to engage with the problem without saying you know, you’re a good and you were bad, but it’s like we’re all in this together. Edward Burtynsky travels the world trying to capture striking images of humanity’s impact on the planet, from the fossil-like shapes left behind by drills in a potash mine to the luminescent colours of lithium ponds.
The Canadian photographic artist has spent 40 years focusing on large-scale human activities such as mining, quarrying, agriculture and deforestation – but he says he doesn’t see himself as an environmentalist.
His latest project, Anthropocene, is a collaboration with film-makers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier, exploring the idea proposed by some scientists that a geological epoch shaped by human activity has begun.
It includes a travelling exhibition, a book and feature-length documentary, which was premiered last year in Canada and goes on theatrical release in the US next week.
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Images: Edward Burtynsky, courtesy of Flowers Gallery, London / Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto
Video by Heather Sharp and Laura Foster