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Getting some air

January 4, 2010

“We can and must act individually on a daily basis for the future of our children”.

–Yann Arthus-Bertrand–

An absolute hero of mine is the french photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand. I was blown away when I first stumbled upon his The Earth from the Air exhibition in London in 2003, bought his brick of a book and carried it with me for the rest of the trip, and then saw it all again exhibited in Melbourne along the Yarra a couple of years ago. Unbelievable, and hugely inspiring.

He has said that in photographing the earth from above he intends to show that, now more than ever, levels and modes of consumption and exploitation of natural resources are not sustainable in the long-term. Whereas world production of goods and services has multiplied by 7 in his lifetime, three billion people still live in poverty, almost half of them without even access to drinking water. He says his images “invite each one of us to reflect upon the planet’s evolution and the future of its inhabitants”. What an amazing man, and what a legacy.

Some of my all time favourites:

Tyre tracks on a sports ground near Doha, Qatar

Birds flying over the lagoon near the mangroves of San Blas, Mexico

Market near Xochimilco district, Mexico

New Olive plantings, Zaghouan, Tunisia

(All images copyright Yann Arthus-Bertrand).

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