What “civilization” is and why we should want to end it

What “civilization” is and why we should want to end it

What is “civilization”? We throw that term around as if we understand it but I’m not sure we really do. A quick internet search on “civilization” results in the following definition: “the stage of human social development and organization that is considered the most...
See me

See me

People sometimes tell me I’m a downer. That I’m angry. That I should think more optimistically, be more positive. I wish I could just post pictures of puppies and kittens and fabulous landscapes (carefully staged to show only the pretty parts). I’d...
The Great Indoors

The Great Indoors

“Nowadays most of us live in cities. That means most of us live in an insulated cell, completely cut off from any kind of sensory information or sensory experience that is not of our own manufacture. Everything we see, hear, taste, smell, touch, is a human...
Welcome to the Anthropocene

Welcome to the Anthropocene

In medias res Alas poor child, you’re born in medias res — the stage is set with swirling depictions of a globe in panic, small rainbow-colored frogs hopping into oblivion, a scene of smoggy atmospheres, vast gyres of plastic churning in the ocean, Scylla...
Civilization: The Way We Live Now

Civilization: The Way We Live Now

William Ewing, Bartomeu Marí and Holly Roussell Perret-Gentil have curated a collection of photographs illustrating “Civilization: The Way We Live Now“, for the Foundation for the exhibition of Photography. The work includes photographs from 100...

Mercy me

Whoa, ah, mercy mercy me Oh things ain’t what they used to be, no no Where did all the blue skies go? Poison is the wind that blows from the north and south and east Whoa mercy, mercy me, Oh things ain’t what they used to be, no no Oil wasted on the oceans...

The Anthropocene Project

Edward Burtynsky is a Canadian photographer and filmmaker whose work focuses on nature as transformed through industry. In collaboration with Nicholas de Pencier and Jennifer Baichwal, Burtynsky has created a multidisciplinary exploration of the human impact on the...
Separation

Separation

“To this day, subsistence culture is the only time-tested mode of human sustainability on this planet. It is also the way of life that is being destroyed the fastest by civilization. Civilization, which began just over ten thousand years ago in the Fertile...
WaterMarks

WaterMarks

WaterMarks is a series by Paul Harmon, an Australian photographer, featuring landscapes of the Murray-Darling river basin in New South Wales, Australia. This river supported indigenous people in Australia for many thousands of years; then about 170 years ago these...