Reflections

Reflections

Photograph by Tom Hussey, one from his “Reflections” series, in which older people look in the mirror at their younger selves. His photographs make me wonder, as I often do, how I would better prepare for these days of ecological crisis if I could go back...
Arctic: New Frontier

Arctic: New Frontier

Russian photographer Yuri Kozyrev and Dutch photographer Kadir van Lohuizen joined forces to document the industrialization and militarization of the Arctic. Their photographs are currently at an exhibition, Arctic: New Frontier, in London’s Saatchi Gallery....
I cannot breathe

I cannot breathe

Sometimes the news is so sickeningly awful, so disgusting, so disheartening, I can’t even breathe. “A report by cabinet ministers in Botswana has recommended lifting a four-year hunting ban and the introduction of elephant culling. After months of public...
It’s always about exploitation

It’s always about exploitation

The National Geographic February 2019 issue has a good story about lithium mining in Bolivia, with beautiful photographs by photojournalist Cédric Gerbehaye. As we scramble to try to electrify everything, and build the batteries we need to go with that electricity, we...
Earth Destroyers

Earth Destroyers

The machines used to mine coal are called “earth movers”. I call them “earth destroyers”. You can see them in the distance in this photograph by Edward Burtynsky, from his book Anthropocene, titled Coal Mine #1, North Rhine, Westphalia Germany...