Seeing Nature in the Anthropocene

Photographing wildlife extracts the seemingly eternal process of Nature from a moment, capturing forever a single frame of time and space to illustrate a timeless wholeness and beauty in the mere nanosecond has been literally captured. Earth’s ecosystem has gone through radical change over the millennia since life emerged here, yet always in a way which eventually lent itself to the continued flourishing of complex life all over the planet.  What has become radical about nature photography today is that it captures a seemingly eternal process that has actually been disrupted. This need not be found in “environmentally conscious” photographs, though those can of course be very moving. Any depiction of natural beauty today locks in amber what could leave us before its time. One might point to the immense adaptability of nature in the long run, and it is true that some day after humans are either gone or have changed our ways dramatically the damage might be undone or made negligible. But reassuring oneself with this claim seems arrogant. Already, too many species have died unnecessarily from as collateral of the outmoded industrial and productive practices underlying contemporary human life.  According to scientist David Archer “the climatic impacts of releasing fossil fuel C02 to the atmosphere will last longer than Stonehenge, longer than time capsules, longer than nuclear waste”.  In light of the political system’s complete inaction, I hope that in some small way this website can help bring about a conversation in civil society on the need to act.