PHOTOGRAPHY :: Edward Burtynsky, water (2013)

Edward Burtynsky’s latest photography series brings attention to the use and misuse of water across the globe.- Showing an effect reminiscent of stained-glass windows, this aerial shot features rice terraces in the Western Yunan Province of China, one of the worlds largest rice-producing areas. Using an ancient strategy, farmers grow rice on terraced paddy fields, which decrease erosion and surface runoff and are more efficient for growing crops that require abundant water.
According to a recent United Nations report, water use has been growing at more than twice the rate of population increase in the last century. Over the past five years, famed environmental photographer Edward Burtynsky traveled to 10 different countries to document the complex relationship humans have with our most crucial natural resource. Now this work is ready to be seen in three forms: as a photography series, documentary film, and book, all titled Water.- “While trying to accommodate the growing needs of an expanding—and very thirsty—civilization, we are reshaping the Earth in colossal ways. Over five years, I have explored water in various aspects: distress, control, agriculture, aquaculture, waterfront, and source,” says Burtynsky. “We have to learn to think more long-term about the consequences of what we are doing while we are doing it.””http://greensource.construction.com/news/2013/11/131101-aquatic-landscapes.asp
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aquatic Photo © Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto : Howard Greenberg Gallery, and Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York

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