This Year’s Environmental Photography

Originally appeared on the Open Eye Gallery blog, 01.07.2014 With the announcement of this year’s Environmental Photographer of the Year (EPOTY) finalists comes a collection of images that force entrants and audiences alike to consider the challenges of a growing population, climate change and limited resources. Yet although powerful and urgent, for many Western viewers these scenes…

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Alain Delorme “Totems”

A wise doctor once wrote that life is “a great balancing act.” This was before his appointment with a lanky cat in a hat. Although a discerning piece of advice, Dr Seuss most likely did not mean for this to be taken literally. Yet for many individuals in China life is indeed one gargantuas balancing act,…

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Ni Haifeng’s “Para-Production”

It’s not everyday that an artist argues the meaninglessness of their work. Yet Chinese artist Ni Haifeng explains how he abandoned the “production of the useful” in his 2008 installation Para-Production, striving instead towards a “zero degree of meaning.” “Made In China” has become such a prevalent stamp upon our myriad of belongings, it tends to slip our mind as to…

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