June 8, 2011

photos of natural and unnatural disasters


photos of natural and unnatural disasters

2011 seems to be a year full of natural disasters. We've already witnessed so much catastrophic destruction and we're not even halfway through the year yet. This past week, I've come across so many powerful images of nature's fury. Why is it that tragedy and misery produce such incredible photography? Or is it us humans who are eerily drawn to natural and unnatural phenomena?

These are links to some of the most amazing nature photos I've seen recently:
:: Chile's Puyehue volcano (Time magazine), which erupted on June 4
:: Wildfires in Arizona (Time) 

I saw a review today of this book by J. Henry Fair that fall into the same category of nature's wonders, although the tragically beautiful photographs here are all of wonders created artificially - no thanks to mankind.

"red mud" of bauxite waste
from The Day After Tomorrow: Images of Our Earth in Crisis

waste from a pulp mill in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
The Day After Tomorrow: Images of Our Earth in Crisis

The Day After Tomorrow: Images of Our Earth in Crisis

The Day After Tomorrow: Images of Our Earth in Crisis by J Henry Fair is a collection of mostly aerial photographs of environmental disasters, from the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill of 2010 to a West Virginia forest devastated by mountaintop removal mining. It includes essays from reporters like John Rockwell, Jack Hitt, writers including Frances Mayes, author of Under the Tuscan Sun, environmentalists and scientists.

Fair hopes to drive awareness with his book. He writes: “If we all demanded toilet paper made from old newspapers instead of blithely purchasing brands made from old-growth forests, those forests would be saved as would all of the animals who live there.”

More photos from the book at this Co.Design post and in this video

The Day After Tomorrow from powerHouse Books on Vimeo
Get updates from The Day After Tomorrow blog

Since we're on photos, here're links to
:: Life magazine's awards for the top photo blogs
:: Images of our planet from space (Time)

[ check out my other photo posts ]

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