Thomas Heinser’s recent photography show at San Francisco’s Gallery 16 is titled “Reduziert”, which is German for “reduced” and “on sale”. His photographs show California landscapes from above, scenes of drought, of wildfire, and of human impact.

The artist says, “We’re putting the world on sale. Everything is for commerce, and not for the survival of the planet.”

Will there be anything left of the Earth after we humans have extracted and exploited it for every last drop of oil, water, and soil? Will we reduce it to nothing before we’re gone? Certainly for the many species our human impact is driving to extinction at 1000 times the normal extinction rate, we have already reduced this planet to a shell of its former self.

For more photographs from this collection, see Heinser’s web site.